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Lack of sleep, equipment problems could lead to car crash


Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 15, 2014 in Car Accidents

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents the focus in most cases is placed upon factors such as drunk driving and distracted driving. According to a recent survey conducted by Carinsurance.com. However, there are other factors at play as well.

The first factor is drowsy driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety and the AAA Foundation, the activity is to blame for 100,000 crashes each year. Additionally 1,500 people are killed each year because of this activity and more than 70,000 suffer injuries.

Another issue that could cause drivers to be involved in an automobile accident is illness or headache. A total of 35 percent of the individuals who responded t o the survey indicate that they drive while ill. Where headaches were concerned, more than half—53 percent—admit to operating a vehicle.

Problems with the condition of the vehicle are also to blame for certain accidents. When a car doesn’t work as intended, it could cause the driver to lose control and result in a crash, as well. Even something seemingly as minor as broken windshield wipers could contribute to an accident happening.

Individuals who find that they are to blame for car accidents in the Pittsburgh area, whether it is due to any of these factors, or not, could face a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit filed by, or on behalf of those individuals. These cases may be complicated necessitating the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.

For the best results this activity will be done early-on. In addition to making it easier to gather evidence that can be used at the civil trial, physical evidence will be fresher as well.

Source: Wall Street Cheat Sheet, “People Are Driving While Drowsy or Sick, and the Costs Add Up,”  Sam Becker, Aug. 8, 2014