There are a number of unsafe practices that can make California motorists more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Most people know that they should not be driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol although this causes many accidents each year. However, there are other dangers that people are less aware of.
For example, many people do not realize that driving while drowsy can be a serious hazard. Not only is there a danger of falling asleep at the wheel, but exhaustion can lead to a slower reaction time that is similar to the effects of alcohol. Accidents caused by drowsy driving often go unnoticed because they tend to rely on self-reporting.
Distractions are another big problem. Most people know that they should not text and drive, and many drivers understand that having a cellphone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other is distracting. However, fewer people are aware that even a hands-free cellphone can be distracting. Other common distractions include eating and drinking while in the car, adjusting the GPS or other instruments or any activity that takes your eyes away from the road for even a few seconds.
The problems don’t end with high-tech distractions. Speeding, whether it is exceeding the posted limit or driving too fast for conditions, remains a common cause of car accidents as well.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may want to contact an attorney. If another party was at fault, you might be eligible for compensation that can cover such costs as any medical expenses, your vehicle repair and lost income. Depending on the circumstances and the nature of your injury, negotiating with the insurance company may be challenging, and an attorney might be able to help.