Causes Of Car Accidents
The Cause of a Car Accident Can Affect What You Receive in West Virginia.
Car accidents happen for a variety of reasons. When it comes to filing a claim of negligence, you can rely on the experience of Bailey Legal Services to review the circumstances of each car crash in order to help determine fault. After a determination is made as to cause and fault, our lawyers help you seek compensation from the responsible party.
If a Driver is Negligent
Many car accidents are caused, at least in part, due to driver negligence. Some of the most common causes in West Virginia are:
The use of electronic devices while driving is against the law; however, use of a cell phone to talk or send messages is often listed as the cause. Other distracted behavior, such as eating, may also be a factor that results in driver negligence.
A range of other errors and poor decisions can result in driver negligence. Driving under the influence of a substance, drowsiness, and falling asleep at the wheel are other common causes of driver negligence that can result in an accident.
Violation of Traffic Law
Disobeying traffic laws can often be the cause of an accident. Excessive speed, not yielding the right of way, and not coming to a stop at a traffic light are all examples of a breach of duty by a motor vehicle operator and are regularly mentioned in accident claims.
There may be other situations where outside conditions become the major cause for an accident. The involvement of a third party may be included when:
Roadway Construction and Design
There are a number of governmental agencies responsible for making sure the roadways and driving conditions are clear and safe for drivers. They are to make repairs to roads and bridges, including drainage and potholes. Roads may also be designed with a flaw that causes accidents, as may be evidenced by other lawsuits and damage claims. In these cases, the governing body or design firm may be held responsible for damages.
If a vehicle is not constructed properly and has a mechanical malfunction, an accident may bring serious injuries. Operators who do not maintain their vehicles properly may bear responsibility for accidents. Manufacturers may be named as the responsible party in a negligence claim. Multiple manufacturing errors may result in a class action suit, often bring a substantial settlement for those who are injured.
The attorneys at Bailey Legal Services are ready to consult with you and answer any questions you may have about the cause of car accidents in West Virginia.