No one wants to get into a car accident, but when you do, you want to ensure that you are not responsible for the damages of someone else. In short, you do not want to be at fault. If you are making any of the below errors, you could be increasing your chance of being in an accident. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now if you have been in an accident in which someone else was at fault.
If you do not leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you, then you could be significantly increasing the chance that you will cause a rear-end accident. It can be tempting – especially in stop and go traffic – to stay close to the care in front of you so that you will not get cut off. Others tailgate to encourage the vehicle in front of them to go faster. Whatever the reason, it is very unsafe.
Making Illegal Turns
If you make an illegal turn and an accident occurs right afterward, then you have likely created liability if anyone is injured in the accident. For example: If you turn right on a red light when you cannot legally do so, and you hit a driver, then you would likely be at last partially responsible – if not entirely responsible – due to making an illegal turn.
If you are speeding then you could also be at fault for a car accident, pedestrian accident, or bike accident. Not only are you more likely to cause an accident when speeding, but that accident is also more likely to involve serious or even catastrophic injuries.
Remember that “speeding” does not just mean driving over the speed limit. The limit is just that – a limit. You cannot drive faster than that speed, but in some situations it might not be safe to driving that fast. For example, if someone is driving in snowy weather on a highway with a 55 mile per hour zone, they could likely be considered speeding if they were driving even close to that fast.
Driving While Distracted
There are certain activities that tend to come to mind when people think of driving while distracted, and most of those activities involve a person’s phone. While it is true that these are examples, it is also true that they are far from the only ones. Eating while driving, talking on the phone with a hands-free device, getting something from the backseat – these are all examples of driving while distracted.
If you are liable for an accident that does not mean that you have no options. Even if you are partially at fault, if someone else was at well then you can hold them accountable. To learn more, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.