According to the website of the legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, vehicular accidents affect millions of people in the United States every year. In fact, a statistics provided by the Association for Safe International Travel revealed that 2.35 million are left injured or disabled following a road crash annually, and approximately 37,000 people are killed. Along with the growing need for the use of automobiles in our everyday lives comes the doubling of the risk and danger to the safety of the people. We are all aware of the most common causes of car accidents—drunkenness, distractions, speeding, recklessness, and overall negligence. So, what about the least obvious factors that contributes to a crash?
When it comes to weather conditions, black ice, or clear ice, proves to be dangerous to drivers on the road. Black ice is the presence of a thin coat of ice on the road. While it isn’t colored black, the transparency of the ice often tricks the naked eye, and drivers mistake it for black road. Its invisibility may lead to the skidding of the vehicle due to the loss of force, and it may eventually lead to an accident.
Another less obvious cause of a car accident is potholes. When a vehicle drives over a pothole, there is a tendency of losing control because of the sudden change in the movement. The tires may also be torn apart when driving over potholes.
The lack of anticipation is also a problem for drivers. Knowledgeable drivers should always be anticipative of multiple vehicles in front and at the back. The focus should not solely be on the vehicle in front, since there may be cases where adjustments should be made. For example, a vehicle, which is two cars away from yours, made an abrupt stop and the cars behind it were tailgating. Now, those three cars have higher chance of crashing onto each other, but if one is anticipative and observant, it provides more time (even a few seconds) to think about the situation and what to do next in order to avoid an accident.
Needless to say, there are many other factors that lead to car accidents. More often than not, there is always someone at fault, and if you find yourself in a similar situation, it might be best to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Accidents happen on the road on a near daily basis and, of course, there are usually people who are injured because of this. There are people who are hurt and there are people who are then made to pay for it – and these two groups of people are not necessarily mutually exclusive. There are, however, some myths about driving while intoxicated (DWI) myths that you should know about in order to protect yourself, should you be in a situation where legal help is necessary.
Firstly, DWIs are not the leading cause of fatalities in car accidents. In fact, in the percentage of car accidents that happen per year, about 30% of the fatalities are due to alcohol-related incidents. Both speeding and distracted driving make up higher percentages of car accident fatalities. Accidents on the road are difficult and are no laughing matter, of course, but some evidence of alcohol is not enough cause to come to such a conclusion. A single drink will not compromise most people of legal drinking and driving age, though the combination of the two is not recommended.
Secondly, the police do take the “anything you say” speech quite seriously. Sometimes, they can and will genuinely use what you do during the test for DWI against you. Cooperation is recommended during these routine examinations.
Thirdly, the alcohol tests are not foolproof. Some people, if found through a breathalyzer test or a blood test that they are “above the legal limit”, immediately surrender to the case and can be criminally convicted as DWI cases are serious criminal offenses. According to the information offered through the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., your case needs to be properly and justly examined before a final verdict can be pronounced. Has the breathalyzer that was used during the examination been routinely prepped and checked for accuracy? Was the blood taken refrigerated?
Any Dallas DWI attorney would tell you that you people facing these accusations are innocent until proven guilty. It is your right to be given a fair and just examination and trial, as the consequences of criminal convictions are permanently life changing and, in most cases, quite dire.