Car accidents are one of the top causes of injuries in Austin. Every year, thousands are killed in car accidents and millions more suffer serious injuries. In many cases, these car accidents are caused by driver negligence. Not only can negligence lead to the driver’s death, it may also lead to the injury or death of innocent people. There are a variety of things that can cause a car accident. However, the causes of car accidents can usually be placed in one of the following categories: negligence, intentional misconduct, or product liability.
Negligence is failure to exercise caution and is an action that unintentionally causes harm. There are several instances where an action can be classified as negligence. A driver who ends up rear-ending a truck because he or she is distracted is being negligent. Some of the common accidents we’ve seen in Austin involves rear end collisions, running red lights, lane violation collisions, and head on collisions.
Negligence is one of the main causes of car accidents. A person who drives too slow or too fast for the conditions is an example of someone who is being negligent. People who allow themselves to become distracted while they are driving or drivers who disregard traffic laws or signals are also being negligent.
Many people are coming to our personal injury law firm because they have been rear-ended in an accident. You are looking to your left to see if you can merge but the person behind you may not be paying attention. You can prevent an accident from happening by leaving some extra room in front of you, which will allow you to pull up if the driver behind you does not seem to be stopping in time. Check your rearview mirror constantly for drivers who are negligent.
Intentional misconduct is an action that is committed when a person knows that his or her actions can be harmful to another person. Intentional acts are typically excluded from insurance policies. If you suspect that the accident was caused by an intentional act, contact our Austin personal injury law firm immediately.
In some circumstances, the law of strict liability could be applied and neither intent nor negligence will need to be shown. Product failure is another very common cause of car accidents. An example of product failure is the Firestone tire litigation. A defect in the tires caused car accidents. The manufacturer was held responsible despite the fact that the harm was not intentional. A similar situation could arise if a car was not properly repaired and a crash resulted.
Here at Funk & Associates, we know how stressful car accidents can be. If you or someone you love has been in an accident due to negligence, intentional misconduct, or product liability, contact a Austin Car Accident Lawyer at Funk & Associates today.
For more information on car accidents, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
FAQ’s Regarding Auto Accidents
What to do if you are in an accident
What Should I Do If I’m Asked By An Insurance Adjuster To Make A Recorded Statement?
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