Car accidents are inevitable. In Georgia, there about 300,000 car crashes every year, and many of them cause serious injury and even death. And one of leading causes of all car accidents in Georgia is careless or reckless driving. Below are the top five driver errors that may have caused your auto accident.
Failing to keep a clear and safe distance between your car and the car ahead of you is a frequent cause of Georgia car accidents. Drivers that drive too close to the vehicle in front of them don’t give themselves enough space to stop their car if traffic suddenly slows or stops. This can result in a rear-end collision and even a pile-up of many cars.
Failure to Brake
Although it may not completely avoid an accident, braking can slow things down enough to lessen the severity of and harm caused by your crash. Drivers that fail to stop may be at fault for failing to timely and properly apply their brakes as evidenced by a lack of skid marks on the road at the crash site.
Failing to Stop Before Entering an Intersection
Typically, Georgia roads that cross each other have a stop light, stop sign or yield warning to help control the flow of traffic. Drivers that fail to stop before crossing an intersection risk broadsiding or “T-boning” an oncoming vehicle that has the right of way.
Failure to Signal
Drivers must signal their intended actions before undertaking them, from turning a corner to switching lanes on the highway. Failure to signal to drivers around you can cause an accident. If your failure to warn others causes a car crash you will be at fault for the wreck.
Failure to Stop Driving When it is Unsafe
Driving drunk is not only illegal and can cause you to be arrested; it is an obvious example of a driver who is at fault for failing to operate their vehicle safely. However, drunk driving is not the only type of careless or reckless driving that can cause accidents. Drivers will be at fault for driving irresponsibly when they are impaired by prescription medications, fatigue (tiredness) and distractedness (like texting and driving).
It is always best to hire an attorney to represent you in your accident case, especially if you have sustained injures. An attorney can help you to maximize your recovery and better defend you against liability if you’re at fault. The personal Injury attorneys at Murphy & Garner, LLC have decades of experience in auto accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call the associates at Murphy & Garner today for a free consultation at (678) 563-1584.