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Causes of Truck Accidents

Why Big Trucks Get Into Accidents

Over 15.5 million trucks transport $671 billion of retail and manufactured goods in the United States each year, accounting for an astonishing 70 percent of all freight transported on American roads. Truck drivers transport an additional $490 billion in goods between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico each year.

Because of the sheer number of trucks on the road, it is unfortunately inevitable that commercial vehicle accidents will occur. Given the size difference between the two, the passenger vehicle often ends up much more severely damaged than the truck, and the drivers and any passengers in the smaller vehicle also wind up more severely injured most of the time.

Common Causes of Trucks Accidents

As one might expect, trucks get into different accidents depending on their size, their weight, and what cargo they are carrying. Of course, all truck accidents are different, but there are some causes seen more frequently than others, including:

Truck Driver Fatigue

The federal government provides guidelines governing how many hours a truck driver can be on the road as well as the downtime that drivers should take between drives. However, the trucking industry is deadline-driven. Unscrupulous companies encourage drivers to work overtime. Furthermore, most drivers are paid per mile driven, and a driver’s personal financial situation may make it hard for him or her to stop driving when the regulations demand.

So why does it matter? Drivers who are not properly rested make critical errors that they otherwise would not make. The effects of drowsiness on drivers are similar to those of alcohol intoxication. Drivers suffer a diminished ability to pay attention to road conditions and surroundings. Drowsiness slows reaction time and impairs judgment. Worst of all, drowsiness can lead to a driver falling asleep at the wheel and losing all control of the vehicle.

Although statistics relating specifically to truck driver fatigue are not available, an estimated 80,000 accidents annually are caused by drivers too tired to operate their vehicles and nearly 6,000 of those crashes result in fatalities.

Poor Vehicle Maintenance

Truckers are required to perform certain maintenance checks before hitting the road. If truckers fail to perform these checks properly, or if they miss certain issues, it can lead to dangerous accidents. The most common type of maintenance issue involves tires. Tire blowouts occur when a truck’s tire pressure is too low or because of insufficient tread. In some blowout situations, the tires come completely off of a truck’s wheels and fly into the air, creating dangerous obstacles for other drivers. Blowouts can also make it difficult for truck drivers to control their vehicles, causing them to behave in unsafe and erratic ways.

Improper maintenance can also result in lost loads. If a truck’s load is not secured properly, it may fall off the truck during sharp turns or sudden stops. Loads that end up in roadways become dangerous for other drivers who may not have time to stop before colliding with the spilled cargo. Other drivers may attempt to swerve to avoid the debris in the road, causing them to crash into vehicles in adjacent lanes or to cross the centerline.

Driving in a Truck’s Blind Spot

All vehicles have blind spots, which are the spaces that a driver cannot see in either side or rearview mirrors. While drivers of passenger vehicles can and should look over their shoulders to check their blind spots before making lane changes or turns, truck drivers do not have that option. Their trailers prevent them from seeing over their shoulders, and they may make lane changes without perceiving the presence of another vehicle. Passenger car drivers should take care to not drive in a truck’s blind spot and exercise caution when passing trucks on either side.

Following Too Closely

Any drivers following the car in from of them too closely can cause a rear-end collision if the front car stops or slows down. This holds true with truck drivers as well, but their negligence can have devastating consequences due to the weight and size of their vehicles. Impact to the back of a passenger vehicle by a truck can cause severe damage to passengers in the back of the car in addition to serious property damage. The impact from a truck may cause a pile-up by pushing the car immediately in front of it into the vehicles in front of the car, multiplying the potential for injury and property damage.

Sudden Stops

When a truck stops suddenly, it creates a situation in which the car following it does not have time to safely stop and avoid a collision. These types of accidents, called underride crashes, are some of the most devastating between passenger vehicles and trucks. Often, the passenger vehicle ends up underneath the back of the trailer connected to the truck. While the occupants in the front of the car are the most likely to sustain injuries, if the speed of the impact is high enough, the entire car may come to a stop under the trailer, injuring those in the back as well. Fatalities are not uncommon in underride accidents, and the passenger vehicle is usually totaled.

Crossing the Centerline

Crossing the centerline can result in a front-end collision. Like underride accidents, front-end collisions are serious accidents that can result in death and severe bodily injury. The large size and weight of a truck make front-end collisions especially serious. These accidents usually happen at higher rates of speeds than other types of accidents, and oncoming drivers have little warning that the truck will cross and therefore a small window of time in which to react.

Taking Turns Too Sharply

When a truck makes too sharp of a turn, it can cause it to jackknife, a situation in which the truck cab and trailer end up at a 90 degree angle. These types of accidents may not involve another vehicle, but they do create dangerous obstacles in the road to which other drivers may not have time to react. In addition, trucks may lose their cargo loads, which creates additional dangers on the road.

Running Stop Signs or Stoplights

When trucks run stoplights or stop signs, they can cause a T-bone accident. In these crashes, a car coming from a side direction may not have time to stop before colliding with the truck. As with underride accidents, the passenger car may end up under the trailer, and the damage can be just as severe.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer if You Need More Information

If you or someone you know was injured in a truck accident, you may face a mountain of medical bills and such a change in your physical capabilities that makes it impossible for you to return to life as you once knew it. A truck accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve for injuries suffered due to truck driver or trucking company negligence.

Types of Injuries Involved in Personal Injury Cases

Millions of individuals fall victim to personal injury accidents each year. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, roughly thirty million people across the country are injured and require medical treatment every year. Unfortunately, incidents that lead to personal injury are common; vehicle crashes, slip and fall accidents, and even assaults add up to a hefty number of injury claims.

Victims of injury should understand that their cases may take one of many forms as they approach the time for settlement or trial. Most people understand that there is a wide variety of injuries that they may sustain throughout their lives; most are not aware they can seek compensation via the legal system. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to personal injury, you should contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your eligibility to file a personal injury claim. Consider the following cases:

  • A car accident case: Vehicle accident cases form a wide umbrella. If you were injured during a vehicle accident, no matter the type of automobile or your own physical position (for example, a driver, passenger, or pedestrian), you should speak with an attorney regarding your eligibility.
  • A slip and fall case: Countless individuals fall victim to slip and fall injuries every year. If you’ve fallen and sustained an injury on private property, you may have a case against the property owner or renter of the property.
  • A medical malpractice case: Injuries may arise during treatment at the hands of a medical professional. If this has occurred to you or your loved one, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
  • A dog bite case: Dog owners are liable for bites caused by their dogs in most cases. Laws of responsibility vary from state to state.
  • An assault, a battery, or another intentional tort case: These cases occur when one party harms another on purpose. If you’ve been attacked in a criminal incident, you may need to speak to an attorney about an assault or battery claim.

Head and Brain Injuries

Types of injuries in personal injury accidentsThe potential outcome of a head or brain injury stands to have a tremendous impact on a victim’s life. While some individuals are fortunate enough to escape these injuries with their mental and cognitive abilities intact, others are not so fortunate. Head and brain injuries are some of the most dangerous, especially because certain symptoms often fail to appear until a condition has already become dangerous (or would have already benefited from treatment).

If you or a loved one sustained a head injury during an accident, you should be on the lookout for:

  • Concussions
    • Sometimes caused by whiplash-type injuries or violent head-shaking.
    • May damage cranial nerves and stretch blood vessels in the brain.
    • The victim may or may not experience a brief loss of consciousness or appear dazed.
  • Hematoma in the brain
    • Hematomas occur when blood clots outside of the blood vessels.
    • If a hematoma occurs in the brain, it may lead to permanent brain damage.
  • Skull fracture

Broken and Fractured Bones

Broken and fractured bones can severely limit an injured victim’s abilities. Tasks that were once easy may become painful, difficult, or even impossible when broken bones are brought into the equation. A severe example would be a spine related injury that resulted in paralysis.  Some bone breaks are obvious; they may be visible under the skin or even break through the skin in more severe cases.

Other fractures are often small and difficult to pinpoint. If you believe that you or a loved one may have suffered a bone fracture during an accident, seek diagnosis and care as soon as possible. Even small hairline fractures can impede your abilities for the remainder of your life if you forgo early treatment.

Electrocution, Burns, or Drowning

Some cases present unique conditions that may lead to injuries caused by burns, electrocution, or even drowning. These traumatic events can deeply impact the human body and may lead to critical injuries. The extent of your injuries determines the aggression level of your treatment plan.

If, for example, a victim’s entire body is covered in severe burns, he or she will require long-term hospitalization. The individual may even need skin grafts or other specialized care to heal properly. Many instances of drowning can leave victims coughing up water for days, delaying the recovery process further.

The Effects of Injuries (and an Overview of Compensatory Damages)

Numerous injuries may result in considerable changes to the way that victims live their lives, make money, and engage in society. The United States court system understands that injury victims are often left without a way to continue providing for themselves or their families after their accidents. Not only that, but most jurisdictions are more than happy to offer victims some level of compensation for the emotional pain and suffering brought on by their experiences.

When injury victims elect to begin the claims process for damages, they may pursue compensation to cover:

  • Medical treatment, including all past, current, and future treatment associated with the injury or injuries. This also extends to include emergency transport from the site of the accident, any medications that your doctors may suggest that you take, and more.
  • Lost wages or diminished earning potential if your injuries keep you from working and earning money or render you unable to earn the same wage as you earned before the accident.
  • Pain and suffering damages are also available if a victim’s injuries have caused him or her considerable physical or emotional distress and pain.
  • Loss of enjoyment or consortium, reserved for injuries that keep you from enjoying your day-to-day life or hinder a physical relationship with your spouse.

The Importance of Legal Support

Any victim of personal injury should contact a trustworthy and compassionate personal injury attorney for advice. At the Groth Law Firm we will not only help guide you through the tangled web of processes that make up the legal system, but also assist you in collecting and maintaining records and information that will prove useful if you decide to file a lawsuit.

How You Can Recover Compensation From a Truck Rollover Accident

Truck Rollover Accidents In one recent year, 4,102 people died in crashes with large trucks nationwide. In Wisconsin alone, truck accidents killed an average of 71 people each year between 2011 and 2016, and injured an average of 2,032 more each of those years, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. An astonishing 6,751 truck accidents occurred in our state every year during this period. While these figures indicate that some truck accidents don’t cause either injuries or deaths, they also show that an average of 18 truck accidents occurred every day in Wisconsin, and roughly 30 percent cause death or injury. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking related accident speaking with an experienced truck accident attorney.

Truck accidents can devastate their victims, mostly because trucks are much larger and heavier than other vehicles, and they are certainly larger and heavier than pedestrians and bicyclists. A collision of any kind with a truck can cause severe, life-threatening injuries and even death. Nationwide, 68 percent of deaths in truck accidents occur to individuals who are in a car, and 14 percent of those killed are pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.

But vehicle occupants, pedestrians, and bicyclists have more than just collisions to worry about. Trucks are also prone to accidents that cause them to roll, to jackknife so that one part is perpendicular to the other, and to spill cargo. Any of these accidents can harm others on the road by causing obstacles, traffic jams, and collisions with the truck’s cargo. Some cargo is flammable and can start a fire in the truck or on the road. Fires pose risks to everyone nearby of burns, asphyxiation, and death.

One of the most common truck accident types is called a rollover. As its name implies, it occurs when the truck rolls over: either partially so that it lands on its side or all the way so that it lands on its roof. Some truck rollovers cause the truck to roll over multiple times.

How Often Do Rollovers Happen?

A study of truck accidents indicated that approximately 9 percent of large truck crashes occurred as a result of a rollover. Tractor-trailers are more likely to roll over because their center of gravity is higher.

While just 22 percent of occupant car accident fatalities are caused by cars rolling over, 48 percent of trucker deaths occur when a truck rolls over. This is far higher than the number in other types of truck accidents, where just 17 percent of people killed are occupants of the truck.

What Causes a Rollover?

Speed

The most common cause of truck rollovers is speed, which is responsible for 45 percent of these accidents. Speed can mean many things; some of these accidents are caused by going over the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions, such as snow or sleet.

But the study was careful to note the complexity of what speed means in the context of a trucking accident. Many of the speed-related accidents didn’t involve speeding in the way that we usually understand the term, such as a car traveling at 45 miles per hour in a 20-mph zone.

Trucks are very complex to operate and often heavily loaded with cargo. They frequently navigate interstate highways, on- and off-ramps, and uphill and downhill terrain. Speed variables, including interstates to ramps, interstates to smaller roads, ramps themselves, loads, and the condition of the trucks, all contribute to trucks going too fast for the conditions.

The highest number of rollover accidents related to speed stemmed from trucks driving too quickly on curves, either because the drivers misjudged the speed for the curve or because he or she simply went too fast. The second-highest number of accidents related to speed stemmed from failing to adjust a truck’s speed to accommodate the stability, height, or weight of the truck. The third-highest number of rollovers related to speed occurred because the drivers didn’t adjust the speed to “known bad brakes.”

Lack of Attention

The second most common cause of rollovers is lack of attention, which the study defined very broadly to include distracted driving, where the driver simply isn’t paying sufficient attention to the road, as well as fatigue and sleep deprivation. Drowsiness or actually falling asleep accounted for more than one-third of rollovers in this category.

Fatigue is a national problem with all drivers, but truck drivers are especially prone to it. Their Federally-mandated limits on hours of service stand at 11 hours, without a break after 10 consecutive hours off. They are required to stop driving after 14 consecutive hours, but it’s possible to become fatigued or drowsy even with these limits. Some drivers and trucking companies, too, may push their drivers to work longer to ensure deliveries over long distances.

Driving Control

The third most common rollover cause is problems in the control of the driving, including issues with steering, overcorrecting, following too closely, downshifting, braking, and other maneuvers.

Who Is Responsible If I’m Hurt in a Truck Rollover?

Usually, the party that causes a vehicle accident is responsible for injuries. If a driver breaks the law, for example, or is driving recklessly, and an accident results from these actions, a court may hold that driver liable for injuries that occur as a result.

This rule applies to truck accidents too, but the causes of truck accidents can be complex. If a truck rolls over because it’s going too fast for worn brakes, for example, is the problem the speed and the driving, the condition of the truck, the maintenance schedule, or the brakes themselves? Frankly, it could be one or all of these, ultimately, that is directly responsible for the truck rolling over.

It’s often necessary to investigate the causes of the accident to ascertain who is responsible for paying. Responsible parties may include:

  • The driver
  • The truck’s owner
  • The trucking company
  • The shippers or loaders
  • The maintenance or repair companies
  • Manufacturers of equipment

I Was Hurt in a Truck Rollover. Shouldn’t Those Responsible Pay My Medical Bills?

If injured plaintiffs can prove liability for their accidents and injuries, they may receive compensation from insurance companies or by bringing a personal injury claim. Compensation for damages in Wisconsin may include economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages from work, and prospective lost wages, as well as non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.

For further information or assistance, contact a licensed truck accident attorney.

15 Motorcycle Accident Injuries And How You Can Recover From Them

Common Motorcycle accident injuries Wisconsin is a beautiful place to ride a motorcycle, but the reality is, it’s also an easy place to be injured on a motorcycle. Between 2011 and 2016, an average of 84 people died each year while riding motorcycles in our state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. An average of 2,049 people was injured in motorcycle crashes annually in the same period. If you or a loved one has experienced an accident speaking with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney could help.

In a slightly different time period, 2013 to 2017, 1,510 motorcycle crashes occurred annually in Milwaukee County alone, on average. A local television station pointed out that the level of motorcycle accidents amounts to one every four hours throughout Wisconsin.

Motorcycle crashes are frequent because so many things cause them: a careless driver of another car or larger vehicle who pulls into a lane without even registering the presence of a motorcycle, a heedless driver who opens a door right in the path of an oncoming bike, or a spin-out in loose gravel or inclement weather. Last year, a biker even suffered a severe head injury because of a collision with a deer.

Motorcyclists, even when wearing helmets, are relatively unprotected in the case of an accident, no matter what the cause. Bikers can be hit by another vehicle, including much larger and heavier vehicles. Occupants in these vehicles are surrounded by tons of metal and cushion, and often by airbags as well. Bikers have no such protection. They can be knocked to the pavement, breaking bones and suffering bruises and even traumatic brain injury (TBI). They can be thrown many feet from the scene of impact, which is often deadly.

Before we get to 15 of the most common motorcycle accident injuries, let’s take a closer look at the causes and effects of motorcycle accident injuries in Wisconsin.

 

What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Collisions With Another Vehicle

One of the most devastating causes of motorcycle accidents is collisions with another vehicle. Far too often, other drivers don’t apprehend the presence of a motorcycle in the same way that they would apprehend the presence of another vehicle. Cars can pass on a two-lane highway, for example, and believe the oncoming lane is clear, never noticing that, in fact, a motorcycle is in the lane. The result can be a head-on collision.

A vehicle making left-hand turns also can collide with a motorcycle, for the same reason; a motorcyclist coming straight or overtaking the car isn’t “seen” in time to avoid a collision.

Failure to Yield

A car or other vehicle all too often fail to yield to a motorcycle, whether at stop signs, intersections, passing lanes, and even blinking traffic lights. Since the motorcyclist has the right of way, he or she may be pulling out or preparing to, only to find that the vehicle that was supposed to yield is bearing down on or colliding with the bike.

Unsafe Lane Change

A vehicle driver who is changing lanes may fail to see a bike, or the driver may also fail to see a motorcyclist who is changing lanes. Drivers who switch lanes without checking their blind spots or using their turn signals to communicate intent may also cause an accident.

Dooring

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a car or other vehicle is parked and the driver’s side door opens straight into the path of a motorcyclist. Many people call this being “doored.” Vehicle occupants often fail to check before opening their doors. An accident can result from the bike hitting the door directly, or from the motorcyclist trying frantically to come to a stop before hitting the door.

Drug and Alcohol Impairment

One-quarter of people killed in motorcycle accidents have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or above, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among drivers 35 to 39 years old, the figure is considerably higher, at 38 percent. In Wisconsin, a BAC above the legal limit is involved in 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities, from any vehicle.

Speeding

Going above the speed limit, or driving at a faster speed than is safe due to weather or traffic conditions, causes accidents. Vehicles are less likely to be able to stop and a driver’s ability to react in time is weaker. Speeding-caused accidents are also likely to be more serious, because the greater the impact, the more severe the collision and resulting injuries.

Road Hazards

Road hazards that mean nothing to a car can cause a potentially fatal accident on a motorcycle. A pothole or uneven pavement can cause a motorcycle to spin or a motorcyclist to lose control of his or her bike. Obstacles in the road, such as sand and gravel, can also cause accidents. Slick pavement is also a hazard, especially if it’s because of ice.

 

What Injuries Result?

As you can see from the list of common motorcycle accident types, people can sustain injuries in almost any way imaginable when riding a motorcycle. The common feature is that the potential for severe and even catastrophic accidents is extraordinarily high. A catastrophic accident can require around-the-clock care for the rest of the injured individual’s life.

People injured in a motorcycle accident can suffer:

  1. TBIs, such as concussions
  2. Spinal cord injuries, such as paraplegia or quadriplegia
  3. Eye injuries
  4. Contusions
  5. Lacerations
  6. Abrasions, including road rash
  7. Burns
  8. Fractured bones
  9. Sprains
  10. Soft tissue injuries
  11. Disfigurement and/or scarring
  12. Loss of limb(s)
  13. Internal organ damage
  14. Coma
  15. Death

It isn’t just the types of injuries that matters, though. It’s also that almost any motorcycle accident is going to be much more serious for the biker than for the other party. If you sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you deserve justice.

 

Can I Receive Compensation for My Injuries?

If you were injured in any of the above ways, you should speak with an attorney to determine your eligibility to seek compensation for your injuries.

Compensation for damages depends on the other party’s responsibility. If another driver caused the accident, he or she can be deemed negligent if it stemmed from failure to operate a vehicle safely or failure to follow Wisconsin laws. Drivers who ignore motorcycles and open their car doors without checking to see if anyone is coming arguably fail to operate their vehicles safely. If negligent behavior caused an accident, a court can hold the negligent actor responsible.

In Wisconsin, an injured motorcyclist can receive compensation for:

  • Medical bills (doctor’s visits, surgeries, hospitalization, and more)
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost wages from work
  • Lost earning potential if the accident renders you unable to work long term
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship

Ordinarily, this compensation is the responsibility of the at-fault party’s insurance company. (All drivers in Wisconsin are required to carry insurance.) Injured motorcyclists should remember, though, that insurance companies have an incentive to minimize the payout from claims.

Contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer if you have more questions, or if you need to negotiate with the insurance company or file a personal injury lawsuit for damages.

Six Causes of Car Accidents

Common Causes of Car AccidentsThe National Safety Council offers curious individuals some staggering statistics when it comes to car crashes in the United States:

  • An estimated 40,000 people lost their lives in car accidents in one recent year. This is 14 percent more than four years beforehand.
  • As many as 4.5 million people were injured as a result of car accidents in 2018.
  • Eight states experienced a spike in car accident fatalities of at least 5.8 percent.

Car accidents are common regardless of where in the United States you reside. Unfortunately, receiving injuries from the experience is nearly as common as the experience itself. With most American adults driving every day—to and from work, school, recreational outings, and so on, people need to understand the potential causes of car accidents to help them avoid those problems.

Understanding some of the factors that commonly lead to car accidents may drastically reduce your chance of sustaining an injury in a vehicle crash. While not every car accident is avoidable or preventable, an understanding of the causes of such accidents may prove life-saving in the future.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common contributing factors to vehicle accidents. Many individuals picture a criminal driving under the influence or behaving aggressively on the road as the primary source of car crashes; the truth, however, is far more sinister. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that 3,450 people died and a further 391,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in 2016.

One reason why distracted driving proves so dangerous is that most Americans don’t fully appreciate the risk. Millions of drivers every day believe that glancing down to check a text, turning around to pay attention to their children in the back seat, or focusing on eating a meal on the way to work genuinely won’t increase the likelihood of a car crash. They are wrong.

These simple (and often well-intentioned) actions can and do cause most of the car accidents that occur every day. Because so many behaviors and actions fall under the umbrella of distracted driving, it’s also easy to fall into the trap of operating a motor vehicle while distracted.

Speeding

In some cases, speeding may prove a smaller component in a driver’s overall aggressive driving behavior. Oftentimes, though, drivers may speed without showing any other signs of aggression or recklessness. Many of us fall prey to the belief that reaching appointments or starting the workday on time is more important than driving and arriving safely; this is not the case.

The average individual likely engages in speeding somewhat regularly. We all feel stressed and pressured to reach destinations or events on time, but speeding puts drivers and everybody around them on the road at tremendous risk. Experts have told drivers for years that speeding kills, and these experts are right. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has collected data indicating that speeding accounted for over a quarter of traffic fatalities in 2016.

Driving Under the Influence

Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, or improperly dosed basic medications, people who drive are under the influence lack crucial and fundamental cognitive abilities needed for safe driving. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs—even legal prescription drugs—is extremely dangerous and often leads to catastrophic accidents.

Poor Weather Conditions

Many areas throughout the United States experience exceptionally poor weather conditions for some portion of the year. Heavy snow, sleet, fog, and rain can severely hinder drivers’ abilities to maneuver their vehicles safely. Even the most experienced and knowledgeable driver may struggle to operate his or her car in adverse weather conditions.

You don’t need to live in an area known for inclement weather to fall prey to unsavory weather conditions while driving. In fact, drivers who aren’t used to weather impacting their ability to drive may suffer at the hands of mild rain or light morning fog. Take your abilities and experience into account before deciding to drive in almost any weather conditions.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving may encompass any number of inappropriate, erratic, and aggressive behaviors while on the road. Many aggressive drivers allow their emotions to overtake them and may speed, shift lanes without warning, or closely tailgate other vehicles on the road. Try to maintain emotional balance while driving; if you notice another driver who is engaging in aggressive driving, you should distance yourself from him or her immediately.

Many aggressive drivers have little concern for the safety and wellbeing of those around them, which makes them especially dangerous. Some accidents may occur even though all drivers are doing their best to follow the rules of the road, but aggressive driving accidents involve at least one party with minimal regard for public safety.

Night Driving

While it may seem like driving at night is nearly identical to driving during daylight hours, this is not always the case. Many individuals may not realize that they actually don’t have much experience driving once the sun goes down, and they—and the people around them—may suffer for it.

Countless drivers fail to turn on their headlights and become all but invisible once the sun has set. Others may feel anxious and begin to drive somewhat erratically once they realize that they’re unfamiliar with their surroundings. Understanding how and where to watch for pedestrians and paying special attention to blind spots in the dark doesn’t come naturally to everybody, and failing to take these steps can have dire consequences.

The Importance of Legal Counsel

Some car accidents are life-changing, so if you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, seek medical treatment and legal representation as soon as possible. The Groth Law Firm is  empathetic and experienced, they are car accident attorneys with a deep understanding of the damage that a car accident can have on victims’ lives can determine your eligibility to pursue compensation.