Car accidents are quite common, and they are also quite dangerous. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, obtaining the compensation you need to recover fully is paramount, but you may have no idea how to go about doing that. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, it’s time to reach out to an experienced Springfield car accident attorney.
Whenever a motorist gets behind the wheel of his or her vehicle, that driver takes on the immense responsibility of driving safely. Negligent drivers are exceedingly dangerous drivers, and driver negligence can come in a variety of frightening forms, including:
- Distraction – When a driver is distracted by anything other than driving safely, it means that he or she isn’t paying adequate attention to the road ahead, which leaves everyone on that road at an increased risk of being injured. Driver distraction can take many forms, but the most common and the most dangerous is texting – or otherwise interacting with one’s smartphone.
- Excess Speed – Speed does, in fact, kill. Excess speed plays an outsized role in deadly traffic accidents. Speed limits are set to help keep our roadways safe for everyone who travels on them, and when motorists take it upon themselves to ignore these limits, they disregard the safety of others. Further, driving at a safe speed is relative to the condition of the road, visibility, the adverse effects of inclement weather, the traffic all around, and much more. In other words, the posted speed limit is set for ideal conditions, and drivers are responsible for adjusting their speed downward accordingly.
- Impairment – There is not a motorist on our roads who doesn’t understand that it is a terrible idea to drink and drive, but many ignore this fact after a few drinks and get behind the wheel anyway. Drunk drivers are responsible for some of the deadliest car accidents on our roads.
- Exhaustion – You likely recognize that you’re not on top of your game when you’re drowsy, and this extends to your driving. In fact, the effects of driving while exhausted are quite similar to driving while under the influence, including delayed reaction times and decreased focus. One major concern is that plenty of motorists who simply would not get behind the wheel after imbibing in a few drinks think nothing of hopping in the car when drowsy.
- Aggression – Aggressive drivers are in a class of their own and are dangerous on multiple levels. Aggressive drivers tend to adopt the attitude that the road belongs to them, and they like to let other motorists know about it – often by engaging in multiple dangerous driving practices in any one outing. These dangerous practices can include weaving in and out of traffic at top speed, tailgating, passing on the right (or even on the shoulder), refusing to yield the right of way, ignoring traffic lights, signs, and signals, attempting to engage other drivers in nasty exchanges by honking provocatively, gesturing obscenely, or screaming threats, and otherwise driving as dangerously as possible. When you spot an aggressive driver on the roadway – and you’ll know one when you see one – allow them as much room on the road as you possibly can, and if you think it’s called for, pull over and alert the authorities.
Negligent motorists endanger others.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you’re probably facing considerable damages that can include:
- Medical Expenses – The medical costs associated with car accidents tend to add up quickly and can range from emergency transportation to surgery and hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, and more.
- Lost Hours on the Job – If you’re seriously injured, you’ll likely lose hours on the job and face decreased earnings. If very serious, your injuries can leave you facing diminished earnings into the future.
- Pain and Suffering – The physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with violent car accidents is often immense and can be very difficult to move past.
Including the damages you’ve suffered – in their entirety – in your car accident claim is critical to your ability to fully heal.
Take the Time to Call an Experienced Springfield Car Accident Attorney Today
The resourceful Springfield car accident attorneys at Malman Law understand exactly how difficult your situation is and are committed to skillfully advocating for your rightful compensation. Our dedicated legal team can help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
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