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Common Causes of Car Accidents in San Francisco

Driving a car is often necessary to get around San Francisco, but it can also be quite dangerous. Motorists simply do not always pay as much attention as they should to the roads, and when that happens, collisions can result. While any negligent driving behavior can cause a crash, there are some common causes of car accidents in San Francisco of which everyone should be aware. No matter the cause of the crash, anyone injured due to another driver’s carelessness or recklessness should speak to a San Francisco car accident lawyer for help.

Drunk Driving

Although drunk driving is against the law, and awareness campaigns have been around for years, many drivers still engage in this dangerous behavior. When motorists drive while impaired, their reaction time is slowed and they have little control over their actions. Drunk drivers are prosecuted criminally, but a car accident attorney in San Francisco can also help accident victims file a civil lawsuit to recover damages.

Distracted Driving

Texting and driving is against the law in San Francisco, but that is not the only distraction for drivers. Loud music, eating, grooming, and even rowdy passengers can all lead to driver distraction and car accidents. Like drunk driving, texting and driving is a significant problem in San Francisco.

Speeding

Speeding does not only cause accidents, it can also contribute to the severity of a crash. Speeding prevents drivers from maneuvering out of the way of obstacles and from stopping in time. When drivers speed well above the posted speed limit, accident victims are likely to suffer from severe injuries. An attorney can help them claim compensation to help with those injuries.

Reckless Driving

Sometimes drivers act recklessly behind the wheel and there is no excuse for it. Running red lights, failing to stop at stop signs, swerving in and out of lanes, and cutting other drivers off are all examples of reckless driving. When a motorist drives recklessly, he or she can cause extensive damage to property and injuries to accident victims.

Manufacturer Defects

Sometimes, it is not negligent drivers that cause an accident. In some cases, manufactures poorly design their vehicles and auto parts and those defective parts can cause an accident. These car accident cases are some of the most difficult to pursue. A car accident attorney in San Francisco can hold the legal teams of large manufacturers accountable for paying compensation.

Poor Road Conditions

When the government has not properly maintained the roads and that causes an accident, accident victims can file a claim against the government. These claims are even more difficult to pursue than those against a manufacturer. Injured individuals should always speak to an experienced attorney before filing a claim against the government.

Hurt in a Car Accident? Call Us Today

If you have been injured in a car accident, you likely have expenses piling up and you may also be unable to work while you recuperate. At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we are the San Francisco car accident lawyers who will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (800) 427-7020 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.

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