The downside to driver safety is the fact that no matter how safe a driver is; there is still a chance a negligent driver could collide with them. Although a driver is expected to uphold a certain standard of care when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle, when a driver speeds, fails to stop or yield, does not use a turn signal or fails to check a blind spot, their negligence could lead to a crash. Moreover, if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, this form of negligence and recklessness could result in a DUI accident.
West Virginia drivers are aware of the many dangers and risks present on the roadways and the fact that some of these dangers are created by negligent drivers. When a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, they are expected to abide by the rules of the road. Whether it is a longstanding rule or newly enacted legislation, drivers should be aware of rules put in place to increase road safety and prevent car accidents.
There are various causes of car accidents. While some wrecks are simply an accident, others are caused by the negligence and recklessness of other drivers. When a motorist gets behind the wheel of a vehicle and fails to drive safely, they put several lives at risk. In order to promote safe driving and reduce fatalities due to negligent drivers, new rules and strict penalties are often passed.
It is not uncommon for individuals to drive or ride on a motorcycle at least once in their life. While safety measures and traffic safety rules have been implemented to reduce incidents involving motorcycles, collisions unfortunately do occur. Our law firm understands that when residents in West Virginia are unexpectedly involved in a motorcycle crash, their lives could be greatly impacted by the incident on a temporary and even permanent basis.
Accidents are often unexpected. Not only do drivers and passengers not suspect being involved in a car accident, but also they are not prepared for the aftermath the car crash could cause them. When car accident victims in West Virginia are involved in a collision caused by a negligent driver, they are often aware of their rights and ability to file a civil action, such as a personal injury claim, in order to recover damages. But what types of damages are available to accident victims?
Unfortunately, there are some horrifying and traumatic events that could happen in West Virginia. In many cases, this is when an individual is involved in a car accident. Our law firm understands that the aftermath of a car crash could impact the life of an injured party greatly. Recovering from their injuries and getting back to their normal life could take much time and cost a great deal of money. Understanding cause and liability could help a car crash victim file a cause of action to recover an award to alleviate the financial burdens caused by the incident.
Residents in West Virginia often see motorcycles, mopeds and bicycles frequenting the roadways during the warmer months. It is becoming more and more common for motorists to share the roadways with smaller vehicles, which makes it especially important for the drivers of the larger vehicles to be fully aware of their surroundings. Failing to check their mirrors and double check their blind spots before making a lane change or a turn could lead to a motorcycle accident. These small vehicles often cannot stand up to the impact of larger vehicles, and collisions often result in injuries and damages.
Drivers who fail to uphold the standard duty of care while driving put everyone at risk, not just other drivers and passengers but everyone and everything in the vicinity. Parked cars, bystanders or even buildings could become involved in a car crash. The breadth of the destruction might increase the amount of damages, injures and a negligent driver's liability.
The importance of remaining attentive while behind the wheel can never be overstressed. Drivers in West Virginia will encounter an accident site from time to time, and in many cases these automobile collisions are caused by a negligent driver. When a driver fails to pay proper attention, is speeding or fails to follow traffic signs and signals, they could strike another vehicle or even a pedestrian or cyclist in the area. This could lead to serious injuries and the driver at fault could face major criminal and civil consequences.
One person's negligence could cause multiple victims to suffer. This is especially true when the negligent act occurs when an individual is behind the wheel. This does not only affect other drivers on the roadway, but could also harm bikers and even pedestrians in the area of the crash. Furthermore, an accident caused by a negligent driver could result in serious injuries and severe damages.