SANTA MONICA CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
When you are involved in a car accident, the best outcome you can hope for is a minor dent or scratch on your vehicle or the other vehicle. Sometimes, this is an accidents only outcome. In more severe cases, collisions that occur at high speeds, those between a relatively light vehicle and a much heavier one, and collisions where a driver or passenger was sitting at the point of impact between the vehicles, the outcome can be far more serious. People involved in car accidents can suffer injuries, sometimes severe injuries like deep wounds that put them at risk of hemorrhaging and traumatic brain injuries. In these cases, victims can die at the scene or later as a result of their injuries.
What Causes Car Accidents?
Car accidents have a variety of causes. Sometimes, a car accident is nobody’s fault. A wild animal could dart into the roadway and collide with a vehicle or extreme weather can make it impossible for a driver to continue to drive safely.
In most cases, though, a car accident is somebody’s fault. When one or more parties are at fault for a car accident, they are negligent and liable for any victims’ damages that arise from the accident.
Drivers can be negligent in a variety of ways. They include:
- Driving drunk or while under the influence of another drug, like marijuana or a prescription sleep aid;
- Distracted driving, which can mean eating while driving, using a smartphone while driving, or adjusting a GPS;
- Aggressive driving like speeding and tailgating;
- Failing to safely maintain his or her vehicle;
- Disregarding posted traffic signs like red lights and yield signs; and
- Drowsy driving.
When a car accident is the result of a vehicle malfunction, the car’s manufacturer or seller could be deemed to be at fault. This is known as product liability.
When an accident is the result of a poorly maintained roadway or a parking lot or garage that was designed in a confusing or dangerous way, the owner of the road or parking structure could be liable for victims’ damages. When the owner is a government entity, the personal injury process is different from how it is when the at-fault party is a private individual or company.