According to the latest
data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there were
34,439 lives lost due to motor vehicle accidents in 2016. But the question
is, what are the causes behind all these untimely deaths, not to mention injuries?
While a small percentage of car and truck accidents does have to do with
mechanical failure and
dangerous and defective automotive products, that’s the exception, not the norm. By far
the majority of all
truck accidents can be traced back to one thing – driver negligence. That being
said, let’s take a closer look at the main
causes of car and truck accidents not only in the United States, but throughout
Theory of Negligence
If you notice with the above, just about every “cause” listed
is preventable and within the driver’s control. For this reason,
each of the erroneous driving behaviors described above all have to do
with the theory of “negligence” which applies to car accident
lawsuits, as well as other personal injury claims.
“What is negligence?” In a car accident case, it means that
a driver behaved in a careless manner, which as a result harmed another
person, such as another driver, a passenger, a bicyclist, a
motorcyclist, or a
pedestrian. For example, if a driver ran a red light and struck a
pedestrian, the driver’s behavior was “negligent” because he or
she was careless.
A driver must use care to follow the traffic laws. They must be on the
lookout for other motorists and pedestrians, and they must not speed or
drive too fast for the weather conditions. And there’s the BIG one
– drivers should
never ever text while driving. If a driver is careless, thoughtless, reckless, or otherwise negligent
and they cause an accident, he or she can be sued by the people they harmed.
Contact our firmto schedule a consultation with a New Jersey car accident lawyer.