Freeway accidents usually occur at a high speed and due to extreme weather conditions. The results are often catastrophic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 40,000 people were injured in freeway accidents in 2017, and about 10,000 paid the ultimate price.
There are several different reasons why these accidents occur. Here are some of them, and a few tips on how to potentially avoid getting caught in a deadly freeway collision.
Probably the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents on the freeway (and in general) is negligence. The lack of attention and focus causes the driver to get distracted, leading to a catastrophic event which can be fatal for one or more people involved.
The most common types of distractions are closely related to:
- Drinking and driving
- Eating while driving
- Adjusting the radio
- Speaking with other passengers
- Arguing with other passengers
- Tending to your children while driving
- Smoking and driving
- Yelling at other drivers
Every distraction can be your last one. If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you should immediately get in touch with Los Angeles Auto Accident Lawyers. They are your best chance of obtaining the compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages (past and future, due to inability to work)
- Property damage (car repairs)
- Pain and suffering
Call and schedule your free consultation today.
Speeding Out of Control
Rushing through traffic will usually get you to where you are going much quicker. However, every time you hit the pedal to the metal, you should take into consideration the fact that you are moving at a greater speed, and thus you will need much more time to slow down. At the same time, your vehicle’s controls will become more sensitive, and every sudden turn of the wheel could cause you to crash in another car, switch lanes and thus cause a commotion or an accident on the freeway, or simply lose control of the vehicle and end upside down.
Be careful of how you drive, especially if you have more than one passengers. Their lives also depend on you, and it is your duty to ensure that you all arrive safely at the target destination. Watch the speed limits, and abide the law at all time to reduce your chances of getting caught in a fatal car accident.
Another fairly common reason for most car accidents on the freeway (and especially during rush hour) is lane merging without signalization, or constant lane switching in order to get ahead of the vehicle in front of you. This is a very dangerous maneuver, especially when it is done at high speed. Since other drivers will think the same, the chances of hitting someone are very high. At this point, every accident will become a multi-vehicle car accident, and the chances of fatalities are very high.
Speak with Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys if you need professional guidance, if you have received an injury or if you have lost someone in a car accident. Only a skilled and experienced attorney can help you deal with the aftermath of this tragic event.