Government statistics reveal that the vast majority of car accidents in California and around the country are caused at least in part by human error. Ignoring posted speed limits, violating traffic laws, using cellphones while driving and getting behind the wheel after taking drugs or drinking alcohol all greatly increase the chances of being involved in a crash, but avoiding this kind of behavior greatly increases the likelihood that motorists will arrive at their destinations unharmed and without incident.
Driving defensively is another good way to reduce the chances of being killed or injured. This involves paying attention to what other drivers are doing and being prepared for any erratic behavior. Maintaining a two-second gap between vehicles can be difficult when traffic is heavy and drivers are impatient, but this space can be crucial in emergency situations as it allows motorists to brake or take evasive action.
Other steps that motorists can take to improve their chances of avoiding a car crash include planning their journeys to avoid rush hours and avoiding the roads if at all possible when weather conditions are treacherous. Extra precautions should also be taken at night as the likelihood of encountering a fatigued or intoxicated motorist are much higher.
Motor vehicle accidents often result in severe injuries to occupants of other vehicles, requiring in many cases the need for extensive and expensive medical care and treatment, during which the victims are unable to return to gainful employment. When it can be determined that the crash was due to the negligence of another driver, an attorney can often be of assistance in seeking appropriate compensation from the at-fault motorist.