Common Causes of Car Accidents in Kentucky and Indiana
Very recently, a car accident on I-24 in Paducah, Kentucky was caused by a dog in the backseat of the vehicle jumping into the driver’s lap, which caused the driver to swerve, losing control of her vehicle, and colliding with a cable barrier. Thankfully, the accident caused no serious accidents, however this accident tells you just how quickly an auto accident can occur.
In 2014, 64 percent of all collisions across the state of Kentucky involved two or more moving vehicles (parking lot collisions excluded). Nineteen percent of all automobile collisions in the state involved a collision with a fixed object, 17 percent of the collision did not involve either another moving vehicle or a fixed object, and about 6 percent were due to collisions with pedestrians, deer, bicyclists or debris in the roadway.
There are many reasons why a car accident occurs, and following a car collision, this could be the number one question you—and your insurance company—want an answer to. There are driver factors, vehicular factors and environmental factors associated with auto accidents. One or more of these factors could be a part of your auto accident. Driver factors include:
- Exceeding the speed limit;
- Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol;
- Aggressive driving;
- Ignoring traffic signals, or failing to yield;
- Driving while fatigued or drowsy, and
- Distracted driving, including talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, listening to the radio, turning around to see what the kids are up to, and talking to a passenger.
Vehicular factors include:
- Defective brakes, tires or steering;
- Defective tow hitch;
- Improperly secured cargo;
- Oversized loads, or
- Defective headlights or other vehicle lights.
Environmental factors include:
- Inclement weather;
- Obstructed view;
- Animals in the roadway (or inside the vehicle);
- Slippery roadways;
- Construction work on the road;
- Glare which obstructs view;
- Roadway debris;
- Unexpected roadway drop-off;
- Ruts or holes in the roadway, and
- Vehicles parked improperly.
Determining the Cause of Your Auto Accident
Having an experienced Kentucky personal injury attorney by your side from the time your accident occurs can make a huge difference in the outcome of any lawsuit you might file for your injuries. Your attorney will work hard on your behalf to investigate your accident, and determine exactly who was responsible for the accident. If there was negligence on the part of the other driver or drivers, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Auto accident can happen in a heartbeat, leaving you to deal with injuries and an uncertain future, but having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can help you through this difficult time.
Contact Our Kentucky and Indiana Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Kentucky car accident injury lawyer immediately. To learn more about your legal rights, contact experienced Louisville car accident attorney, Kevin Sciantarelli, today for a free consultation. Call 1-855-538-4611 or fill out our online contact form for more information.