Are you looking for a car accident lawyer to help you navigate the complexities that come along with being involved in an auto accident? Our Sugar Land car accident law firm works with clients to help them find the best solutions while exploring their legal options. Attorney Fuller is an experienced personal injury attorney that provides free consultations to offer legal advice.
Our goal is to hold negligent parties accountable for the costs and trauma they have brought to the victim. This includes property damage expenses, pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of wages, and more. Our law office takes the stress off of you by communicating directly with insurance companies on your behalf, helping you handle the difficult parts of the process, and offering you support while you wait to collect compensation.
Driver Error Is the Leading Cause of Crashes
There are two broad categories of causes when it comes to fault for car accidents. The first is driver error, including distraction, driving under the influence, bad decisions, and fatigue. (Note: the second category encompasses everything else, including external causes that might be no one’s direct fault, such as a deer crossing the road, or brake failure; we’ll cover this second category a little later.)
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studies, driver error is by far the leading cause of car accidents in the U.S.
The most common type of driver error is “distracted driving.” In theory, that could mean everything from talking to (or having an argument with) a passenger, to reading roadside billboards. But in reality, by far the most common cause of driver distraction is the use of phones and other devices.
According to the Chicago Tribune, in 2017, one in four drivers used a cell phone right before being involved in a car accident. Sending or reading a text reportedly takes a driver’s eyes off the road for a full five seconds.
Why is driver distraction so prevalent? Much of our decision-making while driving is a result of the “Myth of Multitasking,” as described in a recent study by the National Safety Council. Medical studies have shown that the human brain is physiologically incapable of performing two important tasks at the same time. Rather, the brain engages in “micro-tasking”—handling only one task at a time, but toggling back and forth between competing tasks.
Because the brain cannot adequately process all incoming information, it elects to process only a part of the information. The result? We fall victim to the assumption that we’re dealing with both tasks adequately, when in fact we’re not effectively accomplishing either one.
How does this attempt at multitasking affect our driving? As drivers, the likelihood of avoiding hazards depends largely on our ability to first perceive the hazard, and then take appropriate action to avoid it. The margin of error is often mere seconds. If a driver is texting or adjusting the radio, the brain is less likely to perceive road hazards in sufficient time to allow for a safe response. (Learn more about car accidents caused by cell phone use.)
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
According to statistics compiled by the NHTSA, alcohol is a factor in more than 40% of all automobile fatalities. A driver’s decision to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car results in decreased reaction time, poor vision, and poor decision-making. See a sample demand letter in a car accident case involving DUI.
A fatigued driver represents many of the same dangers as one who is driving under the influence. Not only is a fatigued driver more likely to fall asleep while driving, but fatigue also slows reaction times in response to road hazards. An intoxicated driver or a fatigued driver is much more likely to miss a traffic signal or stop sign, compared with an alert driver. Learn more about car accidents caused by drowsy driving.
Other driver-based decisions also lead to car accidents. The decision to speed, tailgate, or make a risky pass can result in a crash before the driver has time to correct a bad choice. Poor decision-making also leads to unsafe speeds considering local conditions like weather and visibility.
Almost one in three crash deaths in the U.S. involves speeding, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Speeding is a particularly common cause of accidents among young drivers. The CDC says teen drivers are more likely to speed than adult drivers, and male teens are more likely to speed compared with their female counterparts. Those most likely to speed are also the least experienced drivers, and the least equipped to deal with a high-speed hazards encountered while driving.
Why Should I Hire An Attorney After An Automobile Accident?
Working with an experienced Sugar Land car accident lawyer can help you to get the results you are looking for in your case. Our legal team has decades of experience dealing with predatory insurance companies and overcoming the obstacles that individuals face following a motor vehicle accident. There are no upfront payments, we work hard to get you the money you deserve for your injuries.
Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Sugar Land, Texas
Attorney Fuller is a seasoned attorney with nearly three decades of experience representing a wide range of clients. This includes individuals who have suffered an injury due to another’s actions, individuals facing criminal charges, those who have been arrested for DWI, individuals who have found themselves in a civil litigation dispute, and those looking for legal guidance in business.
After filling out a client intake form, Attorney Lanease D. Fuller will take appropriate action in your case to help you get the results you are looking for. This includes but not limited to gathering evidence, going to trial, and earning a settlement that is appropriate for your specific situation. Reach out to us today to take the first step towards settling your case.
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4615 S. Frwy St. 820
Houston, TX 77051