What Causes a Car Accident

What Causes a Car Accident

The Los Angeles Times reports that in 2023, car crashes killed more people than homicides. Auto accidents involving cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles are one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States and a cause for concern for Los Angeles residents. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident due to the negligence of another party, contact Ellis Law.  

It is imperative to seek the assistance of a Los Angeles car accident attorney following a crash. Many car accident victims fall prey to insurance companies’ tactics to devalue, delay, or deny valid car accident claims. When you meet with us in Los Angeles, we will address how our firm fights the challenges and roadblocks of insurance companies. We fight for your right to recover fair and reasonable compensation for your damages and losses. Schedule a free consultation today.  

4 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents 

It is often helpful for anyone considering a lawsuit following a motor vehicle accident to understand the factors that can lead to a crash, and they are as follows: 

  1. Impaired driving. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Motorists typically have reduced reaction times, making it challenging to avert an unexpected obstacle on the road or a dramatic change in weather. Impaired drivers are also known for taking risks and making poor choices, such as turning at unsafe speeds.  
  1. Speeding. It is essential to understand that even the posted limit is too fast in certain conditions. This is especially true during a storm. Drivers who are traveling too fast are less likely to come to a stop in time to avoid a rear-end collision.  
  1. Severe weather. Hazardous weather conditions often cause accidents. For example, when visibility is low and roads are slick in a driving rain storm, even the most defensive driver can end up in a serious collision.  
  1. Vehicle defects. Some accidents have nothing to do with driver error or severe weather. In some cases, a collision will occur when a vehicle or one of its parts is defective. From tires to braking systems, these defects can prevent a driver from navigating safely or avoiding a collision.  

At Ellis Law, we will work tirelessly to help you secure a meaningful financial award from the negligent motorist who caused your accident. We have a well-earned reputation in Los Angeles for helping injury victims and their families recover compensation in both settlements and trial verdicts. 

What Constitutes Negligence? 

To hold the other driver accountable for a crash, you must be able to show that they acted negligently. There are four elements of negligence, and your attorney must establish all of them for your case to succeed. They include the following: 

  • Duty of care. Every motorist owes the people they share the road an obligation to drive safely. 
  • Breach of the duty. A motorist breaches their duty of care by driving unsafely, e.g., impaired or speeding. 
  • Causation. The defendant’s breach of duty is the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.  
  • Damages. A plaintiff must have suffered compensable damages such as medical expenses or pain and suffering. 

Trust a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to  build a strong case for negligence in your car accident claim.  

Schedule a Free Consultation with Ellis Law  

There is a tremendous impact placed on car accident victims as they must not only handle the pain and suffering from the crash but also take on the economic challenges as well. It’s not uncommon for victims and their families to face financial instability from mounting medical bills and lost wages. Hiring California injury lawyers from Ellis Law can protect your legal rights and guide you through the car accident claims process.  

Call us in Los Angeles today to arrange a convenient time to discuss legal representation and your case in detail. Your initial consultation is complimentary and confidential.