Car accidents in Oregon and around the country that take place on roadways covered in snow, ice or slush claim over 1,300 lives and injure more than 116,800 road users every year according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but there are steps drivers can take to greatly reduce their chances of being involved in a winter crash. Motorists should obey speed limits and maintain safe distances at all times, but giving other vehicles ample room and slowing down is especially important when weather conditions are treacherous.
Many Oregon drivers are wary of sharing the road with teens, especially because they may drive with many friends packed in the car and be more prone to the errors of inexperienced drivers. For teen drivers to improve their skills, it is important that they get time behind the wheel to develop as experienced operators. However, there are other concerns about teens' safety while driving, and some of those are brought to attention for Teen Driver Safety Week. Teens and their parents pay higher car insurance premiums because they are more likely to have car accidents, a belief backed up by statistics.
Few people in Salem likely ever anticipate being involved in a car accident. On the contrary, most may believe that their strong driving skills will help them to avoid collisions. There may indeed be some merit to that argument, yet one fact that people cannot overlook is the inability to control the actions of others. Oftentimes all it may take is a single careless decision or reckless action to lead to a chain of events that ends in a devastating accident. Such accidents often leave victims dealing with physical limitations, emotional losses and inordinate expenses, as well as uncertainty as to how they will be able to handle the financial burdens the incidents force them to deal with.
On the roads in Oregon, there are plenty of dangers that a driver can face. For example, a tire may blow out mid-drive. Though there are many things that can cause this to happen, how a driver should react in the aftermath remains the same.
Most car accidents that occur on Salem's roads are just that: accidents. Very rarely will a person intentionally cause a collision. Yet even though intent is typically not present in a car crash, some degree of blame typically is. It is often carelessness or recklessness (even though it is unintended) on the part of at least one party involved that leads to accidents. Recent years have seen distracted driving being cited more and more as the cause of roadway damages, injuries and fatalities. Indeed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,166 people were killed due to distracted driving in the U.S. in 2017 alone.
Every time you take to Salem's roads and highways in your personal vehicle, there is a chance that you could be involved in an accident. Knowing this, you may tend to be somewhat understanding towards those that cause an accident that you are involved in. Yet if and when it is discovered that the driver that hit you was in another's vehicle, the issue of who should be liable comes into play. When legal action is required, that scenario can become even murkier. Many have come to us here at Swanson Lathen Prestwich PC in this situation wondering what sort of legal recourse might be available to them. If you share the same concern, you will be happy to know that assigning vicarious liability for your accident is indeed possible.