Generally, car crashes are not really “accidents.” They are the results of careless or reckless driving or other factors that could have been avoided. For instance, common causes of auto accidents in Milwaukee and other areas of Wisconsin are:
- Drunk driving – Even if a driver isn’t legally impaired (a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or above), consumption of alcohol can hinder the driver’s ability to drive safely.
- Distracted driving – Talking on a cell phone or texting while driving can be extremely dangerous, taking the driver’s eyes, hands and mind off the road.
- Drowsy driving – Fatigue can impact a driver’s ability to safely operate their vehicle almost as much as consuming alcohol or drugs.
- Speeding or aggressive driving – Drivers can lose control or be unable to avoid a crash when they go beyond the speed limit or drive too fast for conditions. In some instances, a driver in a hurry can make reckless maneuvers such as refusing to yield, making a dangerous pass or racing through an intersection.
In some cases, an accident may be unrelated to driver misconduct. Instead, it can be traced to a defectively designed or manufactured vehicle or auto part or a poorly maintained road. For more information, please see our page on Types of Car Accidents.
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