Experienced Toledo Automobile Accident Attorneys
It is impossible to predict exactly how and when a motor vehicle accident might happen. However, due to the high rate at which these incidents occur, it is important to prepare yourself for how to handle an accident case.
The skilled automobile accident lawyers of Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC work hard to protect the interests of accident victims. Contact us today to discuss any questions you have regarding insurance claims, fault, and whether litigation is the best choice for you.
Top causes of motor vehicle accidents
The statistics regarding auto accidents are startling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that someone is involved in a motor vehicle accident approximately every ten seconds. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, 66,114 automobile crashes were investigated in Ohio in the year 2010.
The causes of motor vehicle accidents vary widely. The following is a list of frequently cited causes:
- Distractions. Recent developments in hand-held technology can make our everyday activities more convenient, but they can also offer dangerous distractions when we are driving. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that drivers who text while driving are over twenty times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who are not distracted. Many accidents are also caused by distracted drivers who are talking on mobile phones, changing CDs or radio stations, or grooming themselves while driving.
- Driving under the influence (DUI). Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs continues to be one of the top causes of motor vehicle accidents. In Ohio, 324 out of 1,021 motor vehicle accident fatalities resulted from impaired driving in 2010.
- Environmental conditions. Poor weather and road conditions often contribute to the likelihood of an accident. Bad weather can inhibit the vision of the driver, and decrease traction between the tires and the road surface. It is always recommended to adjust your speed according to visibility and road conditions in order to maintain control of your vehicle.
Contact a skilled Toledo auto accident attorney today
Driving responsibly and alertly can dramatically reduce the risk of an accident. However, there is always the possibility that other drivers around you are not operating their vehicles with care. If you suffer an injury due to the negligence of another party, it is advisable to seek legal aid as soon as possible. The Toledo personal injury law firm of Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LLC has helped accident victims for over 40 years. Our dedicated attorneys can efficiently and skillfully handle all aspects of your case, no matter how complicated your situation may seem.