Depending on factors such as the types of vehicles involved and the speeds at which they were traveling, a motor vehicle collision can have devastating consequences. From multi-vehicle crashes on a busy stretch of highway to a T-bone wreck on a desolate county road, these collisions can result in brain trauma, spinal cord damage, amputation or paralysis.
While there are countless factors that can lead to a motor vehicle collision, most often they fit into three categories:
- Distracted driving: Drivers are constantly tempted to perform other activities while attempting to safely control the vehicle. Whether it is a phone call while running household errands, a drive-thru meal on the way home from work, or soothing a pet in the backseat while on the way to the park, any activity that distracts a driver from the road can be dangerous.
- Impaired driving: While impaired driving used to be a synonym for drunk driving, impairment can come from the use of alcohol or drugs. Additionally, in recent years, a link between strong medication – either prescription or over the counter – has been established. Any chemical that can affect a driver’s perception, reaction time or cognitive clarity can lead to impairment.
- Drowsy driving: Whether it is a college student on the way to an early class after a night of studying or a worker driving home after a grueling double-shift, drowsy driving is a common hazard on the roads. Drivers must recognize when they are too tired to safely operate a motor vehicle and look for alternatives. Ridesharing, public transportation or carpooling can all reduce the danger.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motor vehicle collision caused by a negligent, distracted or inattentive driver, it is wise to learn more about your options for monetary compensation through the legal process. A vehicle crash can lead to lost wages, property damage and overwhelming medical bills. Do not hesitate to protect your financial future.