Negligence in Traffic Accidents
Moving in traffic can be very dangerous. Because of the movement of fast vehicles, especially in freeways, it only takes one second of a mistake for an accident to occur.
According to the website of Houston injury attorneys of Williams Kherkher, more than 2 million auto accidents happen in the United States every year. Many are left injured, dead, and with extremely high medical bills. Some of the incidents involve driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driver fatigue, driver distraction, recklessness, and other dangerous driving conditions. Thus, it is fair to say that negligence can be a big factor in traffic accidents as well.
A New York Post article from December 4, 2016 can be seen as an example. The article said that an SUV crashed into a wall in Queens, resulting into the death of its driver and injury of its passenger. It was determined that the vehicle had been speeding.
Aside from negligence, auto defects can also be factors in a traffic accident. According to the website of Fort Smith personal injury lawyers, auto defects include but are not limited to tire blowouts, defective airbags, brake defects, seat belt defects, and defective child car seats.
A news article from the website The Eagle said that a woman had been killed on October 28, 2016 after a tire blowout. The woman was traveling northbound in a pickup truck on Texas 6 when the back left tire of the pickup suddenly blew, causing the truck to veer into the southbound lane and collide with an oncoming vehicle. The woman and her dog ended up dead, while the occupant of the other vehicle was transported to a hospital because of unspecified injuries.
When you look at it, auto defects can also be a form of negligence, on the part of the manufacturers, retailers, and installers, who failed to ensure that their products are safe. In the case of tire blowouts, it may be caused by dangerous tire designs, lack of repairs, ineffective repairs, poor manufacturing, and incorrect installations.