Car accidents are a common occurrence on Pennsylvania roads, and they often happen when drivers fail to meet their duty of care to others. This can mean that they are unprepared to follow the rules of the road or that they are incapable of driving safely for a number of reasons. This post will look at some of the reasons that motor vehicle accidents happen but readers should be aware that it is not a comprehensive assessment of all accident causes.
One major cause of car accidents is the failure of drivers to follow the rules of the road. This can mean that drivers ignore road signage or fail to use important safety features in their own vehicles, like turn signals. Drivers who ignore traffic laws and who speed, run red lights, and commit other traffic violations may also cause dangerous and sometimes deadly car accidents.
Another cause of car accidents is driver unpreparedness. In some situations drivers may not be knowledgeable about how to drive, and in other situation they may impaired and unable to drive safely. Alcohol, drugs, exhaustion, and a number of other issues can prevent drivers from safely operating their motor vehicles.
The weather, traffic, and other factors can contribute to how well drivers react to what is happening on the roads when they are operating their vehicles. However, when a driver chooses to get behind the wheel of their car they should be prepared to follow the applicable driving laws and use their best judgment to keep themselves and other safe. When they cause a car accident, accident victims may be able to hold them accountable for their negligent behavior and receive compensation for the injuries they sustain in the crash.