Behind every road accident is a story. For the badly injured, remembering the circumstances of a car crash can be difficult. Within a split second, a road accident can change lives forever. Although not every incident is the same – statistics show that many are caused by similar events.
What’s your guess as to what causes the most accidents? Do you think it has anything to do with age at all? In an article published by Accident Analysis & Prevention, age is absolutely a factor in determining the cause of road accidents.
First, there’s the young and inexperienced. In some cases, new drivers are a bit too confident. Therefore, they may take chances – instead of exercising caution. Likewise, someone who is new behind the wheel may be unsure.
Although you might also blame younger folks for inattentiveness, they aren’t the only ones texting and driving. Distracted driving plagues all ages. Unfortunately, the NHTSA reports that nearly 3500 people died in 2016 – because a driver wasn’t paying attention.
In the meantime, there’s also the chance that your accident was caused because of someone’s advanced age. Although the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation randomly selects drivers over age 45 for retests, the percentage is small. Older people can have problems with vision and reflexes that contribute to road accidents.
Most Common Reasons for Road Accidents
Age aside, there are some other common reasons for road accidents. The truth is that you have no way of knowing the condition of any driver on the highway or in local traffic. Someone could be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, intoxication represents a major cause of crashes between all types of motor vehicles. Meanwhile, here are some other factors that contribute to road accidents:
- Failure to obey traffic signs or signals
- Excessive speed
- Road defects
- Weather conditions
- Road rage
- Vehicle malfunction
More than likely, it gives you little consolation if your accident falls into any of these categories – or does not. All you know is that you were hurt. Your life has changed. Perhaps your bills are mounting up and you are worried that you will never return to work.
The best thing to do is to discuss the circumstances of your accident with an experienced Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, or Scranton personal injury attorney. Your lawyer will help sort through the evidence and determine whether you have a viable claim against someone for causing your injuries.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.