For South Carolina residents, automobile accidents are an all-too-common occurrence. Often, when people pass an automobile accident, they wonder why it happened. Law enforcement officials are interested in the same question. They want to know who or what caused the accident as this will influence to whom they give a ticket. Insurance companies are also interested in this question because identifying who is at fault will determine which insurance company will have to pay for the accident. It can also determine who receives compensation and how much that compensation will be.
A number of automobile accidents are caused by people driving under the influence. It could be that they’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs or even prescription medication. When a person is under the influence of a substance, be it legal or illegal, they do not have a clear mind. As a result, they do not make the best decisions, thereby increasing their risk of an accident.
Driving while distracted is a major problem that leads to accidents. For this reason, in many areas, driving while on a cellphone or driving while texting is illegal and can result in a ticket. Because there are so many technological devices available, with many of them either interacting with the vehicle or being connected to the vehicle, it’s easy to see why driving while distracted is on the rise. Add to that having passengers in the vehicle, trying to multitask or just having a distracted mind, and it’s clear to see why driving while distracted leads to so many accidents.
In most cases, the causes of automobile accidents can be boiled down to human error. Unfortunately, a driver can only control their own actions. If a person is the victim of an automobile accident because of the negligence of others, they may want to talk to a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to help them gather information about the accident, negotiate with insurance companies and, if necessary, represent their client in court when seeking compensation.