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Car accidents: the most common causes

Car crashes in Oklahoma are all too frequently caused by human error. With rapid advances in technology, drivers are especially becoming more distracted on the road. Using the smartphone or a navigation system is not the only possible distraction, though. Even eating, drinking and talking with other occupants in the car will take one's attention from the road. The following are just a few other common causes of accidents.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious form of human error. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines can impair one's mind as well. Those with medical conditions should take risk factors into account since medical episodes, such as seizures, stroke and heart attack, can occur and heighten the risk for a crash. Conditions like obstructive sleep apnea can raise the chances of drivers falling asleep behind the wheel.

Drivers who fail to maintain their vehicles and who drive around with bad brakes or bald tires will only endanger themselves and others. Sometimes, though, automakers may be held responsible for building defective parts. Mechanical failure can be the fault of drivers or be something out of their control.

Bad weather never relieves drivers of their liability, at least in single-car crashes. Many drivers get into crashes because they do not know the state's rules, for instance on making a right turn on red.

Under auto accident law, those who are injured and who have been determined to be less negligent than the other party can file a claim against that party's auto insurance company. The process can be complicated, so those who wish to file may benefit from a lawyer's case evaluation. Personal injury lawyers often have a network of investigators, medical experts and other third parties who can do everything possible to strengthen a case. Lawyers may also negotiate for a settlement.

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