Many people assume that the most common cause of car accidents is drunk driving. Surprisingly, this is not the case. The majority of car accidents are caused by distracted driving, such as phone use. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.” Despite knowing the risks, many drivers continue to text and drive. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event of a car accident. Read on to learn more about car accidents in Maryland.
Other common causes of car accidents:
Some accidents are caused by mechanical malfunctions, poor road conditions, or hazardous weather conditions. But, as established above, the majority of accidents are a result of driver negligence. In addition to drunk driving and distracted driving, some other common forms of negligence include:
- Drugged driving
- Failure to follow traffic signs
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- Failure to yield
Fulfilling the burden of proof:
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you will likely be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to provide proof that the accident was a result of negligence. In order to do this, it is important to call 911 right away. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, interview witnesses, conduct chemical tests, file an accident report, and more. While waiting for the police to arrive, make sure to take pictures and videos at the scene. Document any damage done to your car, the other party’s vehicle, and any property that was damaged in the accident. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to provide an important outside perspective so ask for their name and contact information. Additionally, it is important to seek medical attention. It is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. Going to the hospital can also provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries, which can play a large role in a personal injury case.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our firm to discuss your case.
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