What Are Common Causes Of Car Accidents?

There are many possible causes of car accidents. Most car accidents occur from daily activities drivers do that they typically know they shouldn’t do, but, unfortunately, they get caught up in the notion of “I know what I’m doing” or the “It won’t happen to me” mentality. Other causes are more rare and usually not the fault of the driver, but rather the car’s manufacturing company. Common causes of car accidents are:
  • Poor weather conditions
  • Bad brakes
  • Texting and driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Lack of alignment
  • Fatigue driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding

How Do I Prove Fault?

Once you have been injured in a car accident, it is critical that you understand how a court will expect you and your attorney to prove your case. In order for you to be adequately compensated for your damages, you must prove that the other driver is at fault. Most personal injury lawsuits are proven under the theory of negligence. Drivers are negligent when they 1) owe you a duty, 2) breach that duty 3) that duty is the proximate cause of your injuries and 4) you suffered damages as a result of this breach. As soon as someone gets behind the wheel, she or he owes every other driver and pedestrian a duty to follow traffic laws and be a responsible, sober driver. This duty is breached whenever a traffic law is violated. In other words, something as seemingly innocent or common as running a red light or speeding up at a yellow light is a breach of duty when it causes the very type of accident that the traffic law(s) was meant to prevent–a car crash. As straightforward and simple as this may sound, car crash cases can be tedious and difficult. Witnesses don’t always want to come forward, and it may be a matter of she say, he say. Also, it’s not uncommon for a car accident to be the fault of multiple people, including yourself. In Utah, if you played a role in the fault of your injuries, to the degree of 50% or more, the court bars you from seeking recovery. This is because Utah adheres to the law of comparative negligence, which states that if you are half to blame, you cannot request compensation. Thus, if you put your head down for one second, and this one second prevented you from swerving out of the way, or you were texting and driving as the at-fault driver ran a red light, you can’t recover, no matter how severe and egregious your damages.

Why Hire A Car Accident Lawyer?

Now that you’re aware of what you stand to lose, we hope you realize how crucial it is that you hire one of the best, expert car accident lawyers Salt Lake City UT has to its name, the lawyers at Rasmussen and Miner. Our skilled, qualified lawyers have years of experience and proven results. We investigate the scene of the accident, analyze your case, subpoena credible and favorable witnesses, request any traffic-cam videos if any were present, and gather all of the necessary documentation regarding the cost of your economic and non-economic injuries. So, don’t wait. Call Rasmussen and Miner today. We look forward to hearing from yo