The implication of the word accident is something that is unavoidable and without apparent cause. Given that definition, most car crashes are not accidents. Instead, they have specific causes and people who are hurt in crashes deserve compensation if another driver’s negligence results in an injury.
The Most Common Causes of Kentucky Car Crashes
Each year, the Commonwealth of Kentucky issues a detailed report about the vehicle collisions that occurred. This report is issued after significant investigation, and thus it is not immediately available. As of July 2016, the most recent data was from 2014. However, that information is still relevant and still helps us understand what causes car crashes in our state. In 2014:
The Top Five Human Factors That Caused Car Crashes Were…
- Driver inattention.
- Not having proper control of the vehicle.
- Failure to yield the right of way.Misjudging the clearance.
- Following another vehicle too closely.
The Top Five Vehicular Factors That Caused Car Crashes Were…
- Defective brakes.
- Tire failure.
- Steering failure.
- Load securement.
- Defective tow hitch/separation of units.
The Top Five Environmental Factors That Caused Car Crashes Were…
- Slippery conditions.
- Obstructed views.
- Water pooling.
There are some obvious accident causes that you may not see included above. Things such as driver fatigue, speeding, road rage, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs also contribute to accidents and may result in even more injuries or fatalities than the factors listed above.
What Can You to Protect Yourself?
You can’t avoid every accident. Instead, you are dependent on other drivers to help keep you safe. However, you can control what happens after a car crash. You can get the medical and legal help that you need to make a fair and complete recovery. For more information about your rights and your possible legal recovery, please start a live chat with us or call us directly at 888-450-4456. Our Louisville car accident attorneys are available all day, every day to answer your questions and we would be pleased to schedule a free consultation with you to discuss your potential car accident claim.