Causes of Car Accidents in Georgia

Car accidents can have many causes, but most crashes occur because another party was negligent. If you were injured in a collision that was caused by someone else’s negligence, it’s time to consult with an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney. The legal team at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, LLP, is ready to help, so please contact our office today.

Negligent Drivers

Many car accidents are caused by driver negligence, and this negligence can come in many forms, including:

  • Impairment – Everyone with a driver’s license knows the danger associated with getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but some drivers choose to ignore this very real risk. Impaired drivers are negligent, dangerous drivers who often cause extremely serious accidents.
  • Distraction – Safe drivers don’t allow distractions to divert their attention away from their primary task of driving safely. One of the most dangerous distractions in current times is texting and smartphone usage, which is becoming more prevalent as reliance on our smartphones becomes increasingly heavy.
  • Inattention to the Effects of Weather – Speed limits are set for driving safely under near-perfect conditions, and when motorists fail to take the effects of weather into consideration, dangerous accidents are often the result. Even a light rain can leave roadways dangerously slippery. Further, ice, heavy rain, high winds, and fog can all drastically reduce visibility while also making the roads dangerously slick. Drivers who fail to pay attention to the effects of inclement weather are dangerous drivers.
  • Recklessness – Many different behaviors can constitute as reckless driving, such as driving under the influence, street racing, tailgating, and more. These behaviors are often one step up from negligent driving.
  • Aggression and Road Rage – Aggressive driving is a form of reckless driving that can encompass many unsafe practices, including excessive speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, honking and gesturing rudely (or even obscenely), passing on the shoulder, and more. An extreme form of aggression occurs when a driver exhibits road rage, which is exactly as dangerous as it sounds.

Other Liable Parties

Negligent drivers aren’t always the cause of car accidents. Sometimes, other parties share the blame or shoulder the fault entirely. Examples include:

  • Unsafe Roads and Road Construction – If the road itself or road construction on the road is poorly designed or executed, has inadequate safety signage, lights, or signals, or is otherwise unsafe, it can lead to serious traffic accidents. Inadequate road maintenance can also play a role, and various government entities or companies can be found liable for such accidents.
  • Faulty Car and Car-Parts Manufacturing – When a car is designed or built faultily, malfunctions can cause accidents to ensue. Examples include cars with dangerously high centers of gravity, faulty brakes, tires that blow out, and more. Car and car-parts manufacturers are often deemed at fault for these types of accidents.

Don’t Delay Consulting with an Experienced Forsyth County Personal Injury Attorney

If a negligent driver or company leaves you injured, the experienced Cumming car accident attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, LLP, are committed to applying their decades of experience in support of your case’s best possible resolution. Our dedicated legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at (770) 887-1209 for more information today.