Connecticut car accidents happen far too frequently. These accidents involve cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses and can create significant injuries of a lifelong nature and, in the most serious cases, result in the death of one, or more, of the people involved. There are three major causes of Connecticut car accidents which are certainly avoidable and if you are made aware of these types of accidents and what you can do to prevent one then you can greatly reduce the risk of your being involved in one of them. The sad reality is even if you do everything that you should be doing while operating a motor vehicle there are many people that either ignore the rules of the road or engage in reckless conduct that could lead to a very serious motor vehicle accident.
Below are some of the most common causes of Connecticut car accident cases and how you can avoid being involved in one of them:
Not following all motor vehicle laws
A great many Connecticut motor vehicle accidents are caused by the operator of one vehicle not following motor vehicle laws. It is very important that you do not violate these laws which are meant to safeguard people out on our roadways. These laws could involve distracted driving where the operator of a motor vehicle is texting, using a cell phone, or is otherwise to engage in some activity that takes the driver's attention away from the important task of operating a motor vehicle. Some people engage in driving under the influence after consuming drugs or alcohol whereby their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired. Some people speed, run red lights or stop signs, follow too closely, make turns when it is not safe to do so, engage in reckless driving or violate other motor vehicle laws that put all people on the roadway at risk of being involved in an accident. It is not only important that you follow all motor vehicle laws but that you also drive defensively and be on the lookout for people who are about to cause an accident so you can attempt to take evasive action.
Being aware of, and avoiding problems, associated with the roadway or environment
There are a great number of challenges that could create situations that lead to an accident. You should be aware of your surroundings when operating a motor vehicle so that you can be better prepared for dealing with some type of problem that comes up unexpectedly. These situations could involve some or all of the following: defects with the roadway such as potholes or objects that appear in your path; environmental challenges such as snow, sleet or rain which make driving more treacherous and could cause you to lose control of your motor vehicle; construction zones; bicyclists or children at play; other accidents; or animals running into the roadway. You should always drive defensively and be on the lookout for situations that might appear suddenly which could create a risk of an accident.
Mechanical problems or defects involving your motor vehicle
Some accidents are caused by defective equipment or mechanical problems involving your motor vehicle. These defects could include things such as: brakes that are not working properly; defective headlights; under inflated or bald tires; windshield wipers that do not properly clear the windshield; or other things that affect a person's ability to safely operate and maneuver a motor vehicle. You should also bring your car into the dealership once you receive any recall notices for any safety items so that they can be properly repaired. You must make sure that your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained so that you can avoid the risk of being involved in an accident due to a mechanical problem or defect involving your own motor vehicle.
Accidents can happen in an instant. It is important that you understand and follow these basic accident prevention tips and techniques so that you can greatly reduce the risk of you, or one of your loved ones, being involved in a motor vehicle accident that could have lifelong consequences of a very serious negative nature. If you or someone you know has been involved in a Connecticut car accident case, please contact one of our experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyers to see how we can assist you in attempting to recover the maximum amount of money possible for your Connecticut car accident case.