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Common causes of motor vehicle crashes

There are many different ways a car accident can occur, such as driving while distracted or impaired. It’s not uncommon for New York roads to be covered by leaves, ice or snow during the fall and winter seasons, which could easily cause a wreck. Take a look at how these variables may increase your risk of being in an accident.

The dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is dangerous because it minimizes your ability to respond to changing road conditions in a timely manner. For instance, reaching for an object on the seat next to you requires you to take your hands off the steering wheel. The act of looking back at a passenger requires you to take your eyes off the road for several seconds, and this is enough time for a vehicle to travel hundreds of yards.

The dangers of impaired driving

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to a loss of muscle control, an inability to process information and a tendency to take risks. The same is generally true while under the influence of substances such as cocaine, marijuana or prescription drugs. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or more. It is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle after consuming any type of controlled substance, even if you had a legal reason to do so, because of the risk of impaired driving.

Poor road conditions can make it harder to control your car

The tires on your vehicle have a harder time maintaining contact with road surfaces that are wet or covered by debris. This may lead to a lack of traction even while driving at relatively slow speeds. A personal injury attorney may be able to provide more information as to how road conditions at the time of the crash might impact a case.

If you’re hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to receive compensation to help pay medical bills or make up for lost wages. An attorney might use witness statements, a police report or other evidence to prove that the accident was caused by another person’s reckless actions.