Car accidents are some of the most documented stories in the news. There are good reasons for that. First, those who are involved in the accidents may suffer from serious injuries, property damages, and other personal and financial burdens. Second, those who are not involved in the accidents may also be indirectly affected, like when the accidents are causing heavy traffic or debris from the accidents are becoming a risk for new accidents to arise.
Many car accidents occur because of driver errors, like when a driver suddenly loses control of his vehicle during a turn. But a big portion of car accidents occur because of outright negligence or recklessness, such as the following cases:
- Driving under the influence of impairments, including alcohol, illicit drugs, and medications
- Driving while manually, mentally, or visually distracted
- Driving while sleepy or tired
- Street racing
The most apparent damage that can be sustained from car accidents is injury. Those who are lucky do not sustain much injury, and if they do, they are minimal, such as bruises and cuts. But those who are not as lucky may get brain traumas, whiplashes, spinal cord injuries, rib fractures, and broken arms and legs. These can result into significant financial burdens, such as the medical costs of healing these injuries and the lost time in the office because of these physical limitations.
Property damage is another aspect that should not be overlooked, because it can also be a financial burden and can give you a bad reputation in your insurance.
The website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has mentioned that those who have been involved in car accidents may have legal options. This is especially true on instances where there is a negligent or reckless party.
This party does not necessarily mean the driver, because the negligence or recklessness of car designers and manufacturers, maintenance providers, and road construction companies, can also cause car accidents, usually in the form of mechanical defects and hazardous road conditions.