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Simple mistakes and human errors cause most accidents

Human error plays a role in most car accidents, which means many of these events are preventable. Simple mistakes and short moments of distraction can lead to crashes with serious or fatal consequences for innocent people. Understanding why many accidents happen can help you avoid crashes or determine exactly what caused the crash that left you injured. 

Drivers are responsible for the choices they make while behind the wheel. If another driver made a decision or acted negligently, leading to an accident that caused you pain and suffering, that person is liable for what happened to you. There are legal options available that provide you an opportunity to pursue compensation for your losses and other types of damages. The first step in this process is identifying why your accident occurred and what factors played a role in the crash.

Actions that cause accidents

Car accidents are complex events that often involve multiple people and vehicles. It is not always easy to determine why an accident took place or which party is to blame for what happened, which is why an in-depth investigation is often necessary. Some of the main reasons why car crashes take place include the following:

  • Fatigued driving – Falling asleep behind the wheel happens more than many people realize. Tired drivers often make unsafe choices or are unable to react in enough time to avoid a collision.
  • Not stopping at red lights – Even when turning right at a red light where this is allowed, drivers should come to a complete stop before moving through the intersection.
  • Loss of control – Drivers can lose control of their vehicles for reasons that include distraction, bad weather, poor road conditions, speeding and more.
  • Following too closely – Rear-end accidents are common because drivers frequently follow the vehicle in front of them too closely. This does not allow enough space to stop in case vehicles ahead brake suddenly.
  • Distracted driving – This is one of the most common reasons why car accidents happen. Drivers looking at things other than the road, often their phones, are much more likely to be in an accident.

After an accident, you may find it beneficial to take quick action to seek legal counsel. The preservation of evidence is important, and personal injury cases are time sensitive. Working with an experienced Montana attorney can help you understand the legal options available to you and how you can move forward with a civil claim.

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