Car accidents can leave Massachusetts residents injured. There are a variety of reasons why these accidents happen.
Distracted driving can lead to a serious car crash. Even taking one’s eyes off the road for five seconds to glance at a text message can result in an accident. Drivers should be alert at all times and should take measures to prevent getting distracted.
Reckless driving puts everyone at risk. When a driver erratically weaves in and out of traffic, tailgates over vehicles, speeds or ignores traffic signs and signals, the results can be devastating and victims can suffer catastrophic injuries and even death.
Racing or speeding
When cars travel much faster than the legal speed limit, it makes it much harder for drivers to slow down or stop to avoid a dangerous situation. Such high speeds significantly lower the driver’s reaction time, which poses serious dangers.
Driving under the influence
When a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, their senses are seriously impaired. Even if they believe they can safely operate their vehicle, being intoxicated significantly impairs judgment, reaction time and coordination. Many accidents happen as a result of DUI.
Bad weather conditions such as fog, rain, snow or sleet can cause the roads to become slippery and make it harder to maneuver a vehicle. Even drivers who try their best to be careful can have problems and get into an accident if their vehicle is equipped with the wrong tires for the weather.
Teens are inexperienced behind the wheel and are more likely to get into car accidents. Sometimes, it’s due to an inability to know how to react. However, other times, it’s due to taking risks while driving.
If you were injured in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to hold the at-fault party liable.