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Reasons why a driver may be at fault for causing an accident

On Behalf of | Apr 8, 2020 | Car Accidents |

As we know, driving safely helps to prevent car accidents. While we can control whether we drive safely, we, unfortunately, cannot predict or control the actions of other drivers on the road.

This means even the most competent drivers can become involved in car accidents. If you have recently become involved in a car accident, you may believe strongly that the other driver was at fault. Establishing fault could help you to successfully claim back damages for the accident. This could mean that in addition to the complete coverage of medical bills and lost wages, you may also be able to gain additional compensation for the pain and suffering that the accident caused you.

If you plan to show that the other driver was at fault, you should be able to give evidence of unsafe driving. The following are possible reasons why a driver could be at fault for causing a car accident.

Texting and driving

The majority of Americans use smartphones on a daily basis. These devices are known to be highly addictive, and users can often feel compelled to check apps for notifications. Using a smartphone while driving is extremely dangerous because it means that you are not concentrating on the act of driving and that you are not looking at the road. Studies have found that those who text and drive have slower response times, have a higher likelihood of drifting between lanes, and drove less competently than someone under the influence of marijuana.

Drinking and driving

It’s illegal in the United States to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Being under the influence of alcohol is defined as having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. If a driver is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, they will likely be subject to a Breathalyzer test at the scene. Those who drive under the influence of alcohol are also known to have slower response times and are more likely to engage in risky or reckless behavior.

If you have recently been involved in an accident and you want to gain damages, make sure that everything is done to correctly establish fault.