Car accidents are common around the country. In fact, they are the number one cause for personal injury claims in Missouri (as well as other states). In Kansas City, there are certain factors that contribute to car accidents more than others – like, for example, following another car too closely or texting while driving. While some of these factors are common across the country as well, there tends to be three root causes of accidents in Kansas City.
The Three Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Kansas City
Accidents can happen for any reason, but in Missouri, it seems that most accidents are caused by driver error or inattention. The three most common causes of accidents in our state include:
- Driving too fast for the weather conditions. Missouri does not always have extreme weather, but there are weather conditions that require drivers to proceed with caution. When drivers speed or do not exercise caution in snow, sleet, or ice, they can cause fatal accidents. Also, speeding in general – even if the weather is not hazardous – can lead to serious injuries.
- Failure to yield when appropriate. Drivers often fail to yield at signs, accelerate to the right without glancing to see oncoming traffic, and may even merge onto freeways without paying attention to other vehicles.
- Distracted driving. Unfortunately, a common cause of fatal accidents in Kansas City is due to distracted or inattentive drivers. As drivers continue to talk or text on their smartphones, they take their attention away from the road ahead. All it takes is a split second for a vehicle to pass into another lane, or even rear-end another vehicle.
Most drivers assume that a common cause for accidents in Kansas City is drunken driving, but today, technology tends to be a more common cause for accidents than inebriation. While it is true that accidents involving drugs or alcohol occur each day, the number of accidents caused by distracted driving surpass those caused by drunken driving.
You Can Hold the Other Driver Accountable for Your Accident in Kansas City
Most of the accidents seen in Kansas City happen because of traffic violations. These laws exist to safeguard drivers and pedestrians against injury. If the other driver was in violation of those laws, they could be found at-fault for your accident and associated injuries. The team at Horn Law will investigate the cause of your accident from every angle and help determine the root cause. Once we have established negligence, we will work hard to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
To get started, meet with Horn Law today for a no-obligation consultation. You can contact us today by calling 816-795-7500, or by filling out our online contact form with your accident questions.