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What are the main causes of car crashes?

The main causes of collisions are typically external factors, such as poor roads and/or weather and driver error.

Driver error may involve:

  • Eating while driving
  • Drinking fluids (other than alcohol) while driving
  • Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Grooming
  • Texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Drowsy driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Rubbernecking at an accident scene
  • Looking at scenery
  • Adjusting devices in the vehicle, such as the radio, GPS
  • Other passengers
  • Children
  • Loose pets
  • Reading while driving
  • Bad weather
  • Bad roads
  • Not obeying traffic signs/signals
  • Nighttime driving

No matter what the reason is for an accident, if you have been involved in one, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you feel you only have a minor injury, it may turn into something more later and if you do not have a medical record of it, it can bar you from recovering later. A doctor needs to diagnose any injuries and you need to start getting medical care and have a paper trail that can prove it, should it be necessary.

Many people ask after an accident whether or not they really need an attorney and the answer is, yes, it is to protect “your” legal interests. One of the main reasons for hiring a car accident lawyer is that the insurance company you are dealing with may not be protecting your interests. Instead, they are trying to protect “their” interests and bottom line by doing what they can to minimize or deny your claim. When you have legal representation, insurance companies tend to make more reasonable offers when it comes to settling claims.

Being involved in a crash is overwhelming and you may wish to seek compensation to pay your medical and other expenses. Finding a personal injury attorney to represent you is the best decision you could make in order to get that compensation.

If you have been injured, you need time to recover. You are likely to lose wages and may not know how long it is going to take to recover. You may develop post-traumatic stress disorder and discover you are going to need on-going physical therapy to get your life back on track. You do not need to be fighting with an insurance company to have your bills paid. This is a lawyer’s job.

After an accident, insurance adjusters start calling to pressure you to sign a release, make a statement or to settle up fast. Do not speak to an insurance adjuster without discussing it with your attorney.

If you have been involved in an accident, call Schuelke Law for help recovering lost wages, medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering. We can handle any negotiations and going to court if necessary.

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