Automobile accidents in Jacksonville are unfortunately an all-too-common occurrence. Hearing the sirens of police and fire officials racing to the scene of an accident has become part of the sounds of daily living. However, when you or your loved one suffer injuries in such a crash, you’ll need the help and support of legal professionals to help evaluate legal rights and remedies.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Distracted driving is a significant problem. With all the latest and greatest advances in technology comes the additional risk posed by a driver whose attention is diverted, even if only for a second. Texting and driving, making phone calls and even using in-dash entertainment systems can make for a dangerous (and in some cases illegal) situation. Other distractions can include passenger behaviors or external attention getting situations, eating or drinking while driving, or even putting on makeup (yes, this happens). It is critical that drivers be able to focus on providing safe and secure transportation for themselves and their passengers.
- Impaired driving is another cause of many accidents. While a driver may think he or she has not had enough alcohol to affect their judgment or reaction time, the reality is that it does not require much in the way of alcohol or drugs to affect a driver’s response time. The safest thing is always to have a designated driver.
- Reckless driving is also a factor in many accidents. This term is used to describe driving either too fast for the weather conditions, speeding, driving too close, engaging in horseplay while driving, and basically means the driver is not paying close enough attention to the road and the vehicle’s passage on it. This can also incorporate the notions of road rage or failure to observe traffic regulations.
- Inexperienced driving. New drivers are often too uncertain to know what to do in a given situation, which can readily lead to accidents.
What To Do If You Are In An Accident
If you or a loved one are in an automobile accident, the important thing to do is to call for help and get a police report for the sake of clarifying what occurred and how and why it happened. Seek medical treatment immediately for yourself and anyone else who may have been injured. Finally, reach out to the attorneys at Farah & Farah for help. You may have significant medical expenses, lost wages, and other compensable damages but in order to preserve your rights you need to act quickly.