The high-speed limit on the highway makes it a great way to get places quickly. However, a highway accident can happen at any time. In Orange County, highways can be dangerous places.
Any accident can have fatal or life-altering consequences. But highway accidents are particularly dangerous. The injuries range from minor to deadly, and you are unlikely to walk away from a collision unscathed.
Common Causes of Highway Car Accidents
There are many potential causes of highway car accidents. All of the following are the most common causes of this type of collision:
In 2016, there were 5,710 speeding-related car accidents in Orange County. Although speeding can happen on any road, it is most common on highways. It is also the most dangerous on highways. Because cars are traveling at such high speeds, there is a greater risk of an accident.
This is due to a lack of control and a need to react quickly. When you're traveling at 30 miles per hour, you can stop at short notice. But when you're traveling at 70 miles per hour, it takes longer for you to come to a stop. Your speeding could keep you unable to brake in time to avoid an accident.
When you don't watch the road, you can't drive safely. While this is true on all roads, it's especially true on highways. If you're traveling at a modest 55 miles per hour, you'll travel the length of a football field in about five minutes. That's approximately the time it takes to read a text.
In that amount of time and that amount of distance, anything can happen. A hazard could appear in the road, another vehicle could appear, or a road sign could warn you of construction. In any case, the result could be a bad accident.
Distracted driving doesn't only come in the form of texting. It also comes in the form of changing the radio, petting your dog, and looking at your passenger. When you're driving, you should keep your full focus on the road.
Driving while Drowsy
Driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as distracted driving. And on highways, this action is more prevalent than other roadways. Cars and truckers alike tend to drive long distances. If they don't stop to rest, their ability to drive could be compromised.
In fact, driving while drowsy is very similar to driving while intoxicated. Doing so compromises your judgment and could reduce your cognitive abilities. There's also the risk of falling asleep while driving.
Truckers have regulations that intend to prevent driving while drowsy accidents. However, truckers or trucking companies don't always comply with the regulations. This can make them liable for a highway accident.
Highway Car Accidents and Injuries
If you're involved in a highway accident, you could suffer from injuries that impact your life forever. This is because highway accidents usually occur at high speeds. Whether the accident occurs at 60 miles per hour or 80 miles per hour, the victims will experience a forceful impact.
The impact could cause a long list of damage. In addition to damaging the vehicle, the impact can also cause life-threatening injuries. For instance, it could result in a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. Even if you do survive the injury, you might not ever fully recover. You could have permanent brain damage or paralysis.
Other injuries might not be as traumatic but can still change your life. A laceration may seem like an insignificant injury. But a laceration on your face could leave you with a permanent visible scar. For the rest of your life, your scar could affect your confidence. Another cause of disfigurement is a burn. Because of the severity of highway accidents, fires can occur. The victims can experience burns on any part of the body.
Getting Compensation for Your Accident
After your accident, your life can change in several ways. On top of dealing with your injury, you also need to deal with the debt that comes with them. You could struggle to make your ends meet. If you are unable to work, your financial troubles are compounded.
To get compensation for your accident, you should work with an experienced attorney. Timothy J. Ryan & Associates can take on your case and guide you in the search for compensation. Contact us today and you can be on your way to a better future.