Knowing the various causes of auto accidents is important because the cause will determine who should be issued a traffic ticket and who will be liable for injuries sustained by others. Many drivers in Georgia and around the country cause crashes because of simple human error. Driving while distracted, either by using a smartphone or by doing something simple like eating, drinking or talking with a passenger, is one common error. Any kind of multitasking is risky.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is another frequent cause. Even prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair driving by potentialy slowing reaction time and causing drowsiness. Medical conditions can lead drivers to have a heart attack, seizure or stroke while on the road. Those who feel unwell or who forget their glasses should not drive further.
A problem can arise when drivers are in another state that has traffic rules they are unfamiliar with. For example, states differ on the acceptability of making a right turn on red. Being lost can also make drivers make poor decisions. Sometimes, drivers in an unfamiliar area will run through an intersection because they do not see that the traffic light is burnt out.
Bad brakes, broken tie rods, bald tires and other signs of poor vehicle maintenance contribute to many accidents. Other times, automakers are to blame when defective parts cause crashes.
When negligence is behind a car crash, those who are injured through little or no fault of their own may have a cause of action against the other motorist. Georgia follows the rule of comparative negligence, which can lower the amount that plaintiffs receive based on their own degree of fault, so a consultation with an attorney could be advisable.