Common Causes of Car Accidents

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Car accidents can be caused by countless factors on the road. It is imperative to take safety precautions and drive defensively in order to avoid accidents. Unfortunately, defensive driving is not always common due to the crazed and hectic schedules of Americans today. Some people think that driving is the time to return emails, make their phone calls, eat or text back their friends.

Due to this, accidents continue to increase in frequency. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another person, a New Hampshire car accident attorney from Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey may be able to help you!

Leading Causes of Accidents Today

The top three causes of car accidents in New Hampshire include drunk driving, speeding, and driving while distracted. While the state has harsh penalties for drivers who choose to operate their vehicles while under the influence, the amount of accidents involving drunk driving is still high. The price of speeding tickets and texting while driving tickets continue to increase, but the frequency of accidents caused by these actions seems to remain high. Some of the other common causes of accidents include:

  • Reckless driving or road rage
  • Rain, snow, fog or ice
  • Not obeying stop signs or red lights
  • Vehicle design defects
  • Roadway design
  • Tailgating
  • Potholes and tire blowouts
  • Driving while tired or drowsy

Types of Vehicle Equipment and Roadway Defects

Vehicle design issues are a large problem when it comes to accidents. There are safety standards that manufacturers are required to follow, but unfortunately there are still frequent errors in the performance of vehicles. 5% of motor vehicle accidents are caused by equipment failure, which should not be the case if all manufacturers followed the standards. The three most common parts of the car that fail and cause accidents include brakes, tires and the steering & suspension. While there are improvements in designs that are meant to prevent accidents, many current vehicles still pose a risk to accidents.

Roadway design is a major contributor to car accidents in New Hampshire. Some of the common conditions on the road that lead to accidents include:

  • Inadequate road signs
  • Warnings of construction
  • Merging traffic signs
  • Weather condition warnings
  • Faded signs
  • Road surfaces
  • Potholes
  • Oil
  • Gravel
  • Debris
  • Hazard visibility
  • Traffic control devices

The design and conditions of the road have a lot to do with accidents, but are still not the leading cause of accidents. Negligence of drivers are still the most frequent cause of accidents. Choosing to drink and drive, speed or pay attention to other things while driving holds severe risks.

Receiving Compensation in Your Car Accident Case in NH

If you have been involved in any type of car accident, you may be able to hold the negligent party responsible. Whether it is another driver, a car manufacturer or even the city, we may be able to help you build a solid case and fight for compensation. Our car accident lawyers in New Hampshire are prepared to fight for damages including your medical expenses, lost income, vehicle damages, pain and suffering, diminished work ability and any other hardships suffered after the accident.

Do you need an attorney for your car accident case in New Hampshire? Team up with a lawyer from Mulvey, Cornell & Mulvey for help in your case. We offer a free case evaluation so you can discuss your unique accident with us at no cost to you! Call our firm today to see how we may be able to help you fight for compensation in your case!

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