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Looking into some of the other causes of car crashes

Many people are very familiar with some of the most common causes of auto accidents, such as driving while intoxicated, speeding and poor road conditions, to name a few. However, in San Francisco, and on roads across the state of California, traffic accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, some of which are often forgotten. In order to reduce the likelihood of a crash, all drivers should understand the various risks they face every time they get behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, many problems can result in a motor vehicle accident, such as vehicle conditions, driver fatigue, distractions, health conditions, driving aggressively and overcompensating on the road, among many others. Sometimes, auto crashes occur because a driver lost control of the wheel after suffering a heart attack, while others are the result of brake failure or problems related to the condition of a vehicle, such as blown out tires.

Drunk driving and workplace accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 Americans pass away per day due to drunk driving. In San Francisco, and across California, these types of motor vehicle accidents may also lead to debilitating injuries when they happen. Unfortunately, some of them occur on-the-job. For those whose job responsibilities involve driving, such as truck drivers and taxi drivers, drunk drivers pose a serious threat. However, there are also some workers operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, threatening the lives of others on the road.

Alcohol use occurs on the job for different reasons. For example, a worker may have an addiction to alcohol, or they may have accidentally consumed too much alcohol during their lunch break. It is very important for those who drive while working to avoid any level of alcohol intoxication that impairs their ability to safely operate a vehicle. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration states that driving abilities are usually hampered before most people even display signs of being drunk.

These are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries

If you've been in a car accident, you may have realized that you have a constant, throbbing headache. Your neck is sore, and you aren't feeling quite like yourself. It's possible that you're suffering from a traumatic brain injury due to whiplash or other causes.

Although a traumatic brain injury is defined as being caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, not all traumatic brain injuries involve you hitting your head. In fact, you can suffer a brain injury any time the brain impacts the skull. For example, if your head moves to the side quickly, your brain might twist and pull, sheering ligaments and hitting the skull.

Understanding the financial impact of traffic accidents

On an annual basis, an unacceptable amount of motor vehicle accidents take place. In San Francisco, and in other California cities, these accidents keep occurring for many reasons, such as drunk driving, speeding and inattentive drivers, to name only a few. Sadly, these crashes claim lives, generate lifelong emotional pain for families and leave victims with injuries that interrupt their life in countless ways. However, these collisions also have a significant financial impact as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents in the U.S. generated $242 billion in costs over the course of 2010. However, when peoples’ quality of life is taken into consideration (job loss, etc.), costs during this year exceeded $800 billion. Some of the costs are brought on by lost productivity, property damage, funerals, traffic congestion and medical treatment.

A voice for families who lose loved ones in car crashes

Each day, families are informed of terrible news regarding the loss of their loved one. However, the emotional pain can be particularly strong if your friend or family member died in an auto accident that never should have occurred. At Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP, our law firm understands the various hardships that families who have experienced this may face in San Francisco, and across the whole state of California.

Whether you lose a parent, child, sibling or any other family member in a motor vehicle accident, you may have lifelong emotional pain. Regrettably, this difficult situation can be even more challenging for those who experience financial difficulties after their loved one passes away. For example, a husband or wife may have trouble paying the bills or buying food for their family after their spouse loses his or her life in a car crash. In addition to the loss of income, other financial problems may be caused by funeral costs and medical bills.

2 People pass away in California crash

People lose their lives in auto accidents for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes, fatal car crashes happen because of an intoxicated driver or treacherous road conditions. Often, these accidents occur because of someone's reckless behavior, such as driving in the wrong direction, ignoring traffic laws, speeding and other types of negligent driving. For auto accident victims who were involved in a crash in San Francisco, or another city in California, remaining committed to recovery is paramount.

Law enforcement officials say that those who witnessed an auto accident saw an SUV reach excessive speeds before slamming into another vehicle at roughly 8:2 a.m., making the other vehicle flip over. The driver responsible for the crash, which happened in Folsom, California, was reportedly traveling as fast as 80 to 100 miles per hour in the wrong direction.

What to do if a loved one suffers whiplash in a car accident

There are many types of motor vehicle accident injuries, all of which can turn a person's life upside down.

Whiplash is a common injury, as this occurs when one vehicle strikes another from behind. If this happens, anyone in the lead vehicle could suffer whiplash.

Reviewing statistics on auto accident causes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a survey from 2015 showed that the United States had one of the highest percentage of fatalities due to drunk driving accidents among high-income nations. In San Francisco, California, and cities throughout the nation, drunk driving remains a major concern. That said, there are a plethora of other factors that can play a role in auto accidents, many of which result in either the loss of life or serious injuries.

In addition to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, traffic accidents are also the result of drivers reaching excessive speeds or being distracted by other passengers or their cell phones. However, there are many other auto accident causes that all drivers should recognize. For example, drivers may fall asleep behind the wheel, fail to pay attention to signs or make poor decisions while driving.

Medical Recompensation Following a Car Accident

In most cases, your insurance company is responsible for paying any medical bills that are accrued after a car accident. The way it works is that the insurance company pays your medical bills, and is then reimbursed by the person who was responsible for the accident. If you were a victim of an accident and do not have insurance, you can use the other person's insurance coverage to pay for medical expenses. Finally, if car insurance from both parties is not enough to cover the expenses, your regular medical insurance policy can kick in to pay for your support.

If every legally driving member of your house is not included in your car insurance scheme, they will be classified as excluded drivers. In such cases, if the excluded person was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, none of the costs of the accident will be covered by the insurance company. If you have been charged with drunk driving, you might find that there is a clause in your insurance policy that removes the responsibilities for paying for the damages using insurance money.

A look at auto accident fatalities

Data that was published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that in 2014, there were 29,989 deadly traffic collisions in the U.S. These accidents claimed the lives of far too many drivers, bicyclists, passengers and pedestrians. In San Francisco, and other busy parts of California, the risk of being involved in a fatal auto accident is especially high and it is vital for drivers to make accident prevention a top priority.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 32,000 people lose their lives in traffic accidents per year. Nearly one-third of these fatalities are the result of a driver who was traveling at excessive speeds, while one-third had a driver who was operating their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. During 2013, the rate of fatal car accidents in America was significantly higher in comparison to other nations with a high income and fewer Americans used their front seat belts.


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