A combination of errant driver behavior interspersed with extraneous factors such as faulty mechanical equipment, bad road conditions, and inclement weather are cited as the major reasons for more than 95% of road accidents in the United States. Upon in-depth analysis of probable causes of accidents, the primary ones include aggressive or rash behavior displayed by the driver at fault for the accident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC helps victims who were injured in Chicago auto accidents related to mechanical issues.
How is driver behavior contributing to traffic accidents?
Most road accidents are caused by negligent disregard of traffic rules such as ignoring posted speed limits and intentionally indulging in abusive behavior while on the road. Other major causes of errant driver behavior include drunken driving (driving under the influence of alcohol), driving under the influence of drugs or driving while engaged in distracting activities such as talking on the cell phone or even attending to children in the car. Aggressive, careless and distracted driving compromises road safety standards and transforms a routine daily commute into a traumatic experience for accident victims.
Most aggressive driver behavior often goes unreported because most people tend to back out or backtrack on their statements when asked to admit to risky driving behavior that has caused an accident.
Mechanical Problems Contributing To Serious Car Crashes
Given today’s advanced automobile technology, vehicles are manufactured to conform to recommended safety standards developed by experts in the field. However, there are certain typical mechanical faults that have been repeatedly cited as causes for car accidents. These include tire blowouts, faulty brake systems, and suspension or steering break-down among others.
1) Faulty brakes: Dual brake circuit systems minimize the probability of mechanical failures given the durability of the mechanism. In the event that one circuit fails, the other circuit will still enable the car to brake and prevent an accident. Anti-lock brakes are another modern advanced technology that discourages the front wheels from locking during an emergency situation.
2) Tire blow-outs: Though modern tire technology is much more advanced than what existed several years ago, under-inflated or worn-out tires are still considered primary causes for motor vehicle accidents in the US. Improperly aligned, faulty suspensions produce uneven tire wear, which is often a major factor in causing accidents.
3) Misaligned or faulty suspensions and steering systems: However well-trained and experienced the driver is, a malfunctioning suspension system cannot prevent a major accident from occurring especially if the car is traveling at high speeds. Accidents caused by mechanical failures can be minimized by preventative steps like regular supervision and testing related vehicle components by qualified, trained personnel.
4) Visibility hazards and road safety standards: The steady, dedicated efforts of traffic and transport authorities have resulted in highly improved road safety standards and the implementation of efficient traffic management systems. Despite these laudable safeguards in place, there are unprecedented situations that could trigger car accidents such as wildlife crossing the road (especially at night), detours caused by incomplete construction blocking the main roads or disabled vehicles that disrupt regular traffic flow. Low visibility is a distinct hazard during foggy, rainy or snowy weather because it limits the driver's ability to see hazards, which can lead to catastrophic accidents that result in injuries or even fatalities.
Attorneys for Illinois car accidents involving mechanical and human error
Unfortunately, many of these contributing factors may not be readily apparent until a traffic accident has been thoroughly investigated. This is because some of the above factors may impose responsibility upon the owner of the vehicle, repair company or even the manufacturer. Particularly for serious injury cases, it is important to examine every case to determine every possible factor that may have contributed to a collision.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is a successful Illinois law firm with experience handling all types of motor vehicle crash cases. Our car crash attorneys will evaluate your injury case without any cost or expense to you. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Ask us about our "No-Win/No-Fee" guarantee where we are paid only if we secure your financial compensation.