Obviously, no one ever expects to be involved in an auto accident, let alone one that results in serious injury or death. Yet, with the increasing congestion of America’s roadways and the number of distractions that promote reckless and careless driving, severe injuries are an ever-present risk that even the most prudent and vigilant motorists face every time they get behind the wheel. Tragically, many victims of auto accidents are innocent of any wrong-doing; they simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are many different ways that driver negligence can result in a life-altering accident, all of which may form the foundation of a personal injury lawsuit.
Although some accidents are just that – accidents – many could be avoided if not for drivers who operate their vehicles in impaired states. The most evident causes of this impairment are alcohol and drugs, both legal and illegal. However, an alarming number of drivers are impaired by simple fatigue; they drive while exhausted, possibly even falling asleep behind the wheel. Other drivers are perfectly alert but paying attention to things beside the road – cell phone conversations, changing compact discs, even eating or drinking. In any event, if a driver fails to pay due attention to other motorists sharing the road and an accident ensues, he or she may be liable for whatever injuries result.
Deliberate acts of recklessness, such as speeding and changing lanes without first looking, can also result in catastrophic accidents. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians, and other people on or near the roadways face as great of risk of being involved in an accident as the operators of cars and trucks, and are even more vulnerable to injury. The risk of serious injury to anyone on or near the roadways becomes significantly greater when an accident involves a large truck, such as a semi-tractor-trailer, or some other large commercial vehicle. Fortunately, a qualified personal injury or wrongful death attorney can identify acts of negligence and take appropriate action against the responsible party on behalf of injured victims.