Car accidents are the number one source of personal injury claims in the United States. This is in part due to the fact that vehicle accidents are also the leading cause of unnecessary deaths. A 2005 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that 6,087,000 cars were involved in traffic accidents, with fatal accidents taking the lives of 18,440 people and injuring another 1,573,000. Although driver error is the main cause of traffic accidents, sometimes it could be poorly designed or manufactured vehicles that could lead to an accident.
Thanks to better technology and detailed reports, studies uncover the hidden dangers and potential problems that are found with seat belts, brake devices, tires and other vehicle components. Consumers expect that car manufacturers to respond and either recall these parts on the vehicle or make new models of cars safer for drivers on the road. Even with this pressure from the public, as well as more rigorous testing procedures, car manufacturers may still leave out important safety features that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Other underlying factors to consider are the conditions of the road, poorly controlled traffic signals or driving while distracted. When drivers aren’t properly notified of potential lane changes, road conditions or blockages, accidents can occur. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a car accident, you need to let an experienced car accident lawyer evaluate the case.
Most accidents that occur are due to one driver’s negligence, and the other party involved is able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages from the liable party. However, not all car accidents are clear cut, and there may be uncertainties that lie within the cause of the accident. That is why you should contact a Tucson injury lawyer who can evaluate your specific circumstances and determine your legal rights.
For you to be compensated by a court award, negligence generally has to be proven in the court. This legal term means that the driver did not act in a careful manner, which is why the accident occurred. Negligence cannot just be assumed, however, and will be instead determined by looking at sketches of the scene of the accident, reviewing the police report and speaking with eyewitnesses.
To be proven guilty of negligence, the driver must have caused a harmful accident by being careless and will in turn be responsible for paying out fair compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering. Compensation is determined by formulas that are used by insurance adjusters and juries.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation, contact our Tucson car accident lawyers now at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or SUBMIT A SHORT AND SIMPLE CASE FORM HERE.