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Common Causes of Car Accidents

Injured By A Negligent Or Distracted Driver?

Accidents caused by distracted and negligent drivers can be life changing. Do you know your legal options?

Car accidents are the leading killer of children, teens, and young adults, according to data the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.) Sadly, the number of individuals who are killed by motor vehicle crashes has not declined in recent years, and the CDC reports that 30,000 people die annually in those accidents.

If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation based on the trauma you experienced and the physical harm that came to you.

At the law offices of Harbin & Burnett, we can help to review the details of your claim and determine if you have grounds to file a damages lawsuit.

To find out how we can help, call us today at 1(888)821-0247 or simply fill out the Free Case Evaluation form on the right, upper side of this page. It is completely confidential and there is never any obligation to proceed; the review is 100% FREE.

Hurt in an accident? We offer 100% FREE case reviews and we only get paid if we recover compensation for you.*

Defining Negligence

Negligence can take many forms but it is generally described as a lack of reasonable care that, if taken, could have prevented or lessened the damage caused by an accident or other negative event. Essentially, negligent behavior is reckless action, careless, or irresponsible behavior that contributes to a problem rather than solving or easing it.

In a car accident, negligence can be displayed in the following ways:

From a legal standpoint, defining negligence usually revolves around what a reasonable person would have done in a situation similar to the one leading up to a crash. If the person in question acted recklessly or failed to act when a reasonable person would have, that persons behavior may be found to be negligent.

With this in mind, the negligent party is often liable for the accident and, ultimately, any injuries or damages that result from it.

Types of Distractions

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) lists three main types of distractions that contribute to negligence and driver error. Visual, cognitive, and manual distraction all take a drivers focus off the road in different ways.

  • Visual Distractions mean a driver is not looking at the road.
    • Checking a childs' seatbelt, changing radio stations, watching the scenery
  • Cognitive Distractions are those that takes the drivers' mind off the road
    • Talking with a passenger, daydreaming, any activity that is a mental distraction
  • Manual Distractions take a drivers' hands off the wheel
    • Putting on makeup or shaving, texting, emailing, searching for something in the vehicle

Typically, these distractions are combinations of the three main types. For example, texting while driving is a manual, cognitive, and visual distraction since it requires the use of a drivers eyes, hands, and mind as they formulate a phrase.

Car accidents are just that accidents. The fact that most traffic incidents are easily preventable points once more to the importance of staying focused on the road and operating your vehicle responsibly. If you or a loved one was hurt by one of these South Carolina car accident causes, you may have a valid personal injury claim.

Seeking an experienced auto accident litigator can give you and your family much needed peace of mind at a time when you need it most.

South Carolina Car Accident Law Firm

Our attorneys at the law offices of Harbin & Burnett understand that being involved in an auto accident can bring many emotions and cause an enormous amount of pain to the victim and their family, especially when the accident was caused by the actions of a negligent driver. Our team will work tirelessly for the victims of car accidents and stand beside them to help them achieve the justice they deserve.

With our office located in Anderson, South Carolina, we are able to serve throughout the entire state and elsewhere.

A few of the areas our attorneys serve include:

  • Anderson
  • Spartanburg
  • Simpsonville
  • Seneca
  • Piedmont
  • Greenville
  • Powdersville
  • Pickens
  • Travelers Rest
  • Easley
  • Mauldin

If you would like to obtain more information about our law firm, we encourage you to call us at (888)821-0247 today. Here a member of our team will collect necessary information about your case and connect you with an attorney ready to handle your specific case.

Begin here by completing the Free Case Evaluation form at the top of this page. We're here to help.

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