Causes of Vehicle Collisions
Vehicle collisions occur every day across Florida. Some result in only minor injuries and others are catastrophic. These collisions are caused by a number of reasons, but the most common are:
Distracted driving is one of the deadliest aspects of operating on the road today. In 2017 alone, more than 3,100 drivers were killed in distracted driving accidents. Cell phone use, passengers, and outdoor elements can all lead to distracted driving in Pensacola.
Driving Under the Influence:
In Florida, the legal blood alcohol content is 0.08%. However, many people choose to drive after reaching this limit. Driving under the influence slows down drivers’ senses and can cause them to make irrational decisions, which can lead to serious injuries.
Reckless driving is when someone shows wanton indifference or irreverence to others’ life or property. This may include speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and more. When a driver acts recklessly, they can cause serious injuries to drivers around them.
Vehicle malfunctions may happen because a driver didn’t properly maintain their car, or because of a manufacturer’s error. In any case, vehicle malfunctions can cause a driver to lose control and hit another vehicle.
When a driver first gets their license, they simply don’t have the experience needed to handle everything the road will throw at them. They might not know how to handle heavy traffic, or how to deal with Pensacola’s crazy weather. This inexperience can cause serious accidents.
Common Types of Injuries from Car Accidents
At Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon, our Pensacola car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us at 850-444-4878 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation if you’ve suffered any of these or other injuries after a car accident:
Back and Neck Injuries
Back and neck injuries are often quite serious. These spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis, chronic pain, numbness and other complications. You may require surgery and support devices to recover after this kind of injury.
Burns aren’t too common in car accidents, but if the car catches on fire, victims can suffer from serious burns. First degree burns aren’t too serious, but second and third-degree burns can require serious medical treatment.
Whether from an airbag deploying or from impacting the steering wheel or dashboard, broken bones aren’t uncommon in car accidents. Bones in the face and chest may break from the airbag, arms might break when you raise them to protect yourself, and legs may break if they are crushed.