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When you’re involved in an auto accident you probably are very upset. It is a good idea to know ahead of time what you should do in case you’re in a car crash. There are dozens of reasons for car accidents, but some are more common than others.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Many car accidents might be avoided if drivers just used common sense. Unfortunately, often people leave behind common sense when they are in the driver’s seat.

Some common causes of car accidents are:

  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding
  • Being too aggressive
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Stopping too abruptly so that you are rear-ended
  • Cutting in front of another car
  • Road rage
  • Inexperienced teen drivers
  • Older drivers who no longer can drive as well as they could before
  • Poor driving conditions such as rain, fog, snow, ice
  • Drivers with poor night vision
  • Falling asleep at the wheel
  • An animal or person who unexpectedly enters the road

Stopping Times

How long it takes a car to stop depends upon the:

  • Vehicle’s speed
  • Driver’s perception time
  • Driver’s reaction time
  • Car’s functionality in terms of stopping (quality of tires and brakes)
  • Conditions of the road

Highway safety engineers have developed general guidelines regarding stopping times which have become standardized over the years. According to these rules, if a street is dry the average driver of a car or light truck with relatively good tires can safely break at a rate of 15 feet per second.

In these circumstances, if someone is driving on the freeway at 60 miles per hour, it would take a total of 6.87 seconds (including a one second delay for the driver to react) to stop. The stopping distance would be 302.28 feet, just a bit over the length of a football field.

Car Crashes and Negligence

Negligence or distracted driving accounts for many road accidents. Some examples of driver negligence include:

  • Using a cell phone to text or talk
  • Eating or drinking
  • Putting on makeup or shaving
  • Fiddling with the radio
  • Trying to use a GPS
  • Trying to read a map
  • Talking to another person in the car
  • Driving recklessly
  • Running a red light or another traffic signal
  • Drunk driving
  • Not properly checking before changing lanes

What Should You Do If You Are Involved in a Reno Car Crash?

Documenting the incident is important. If you are injured, seeing a doctor first is most important. This not only ensures you get the proper treatment; it serves as documentation of your injuries as a result of the crash.

While you are at the crash scene, if you can, it is important to take a picture of the crash with your cell phone and be sure to get a photo of the other car’s license number. Also exchange relevant information with the other driver such as contact phone number and address, insurance information, and so forth. Also, you should try to get names and contact information of witnesses to the accidents. You also should contact the police, who will write up a report that will contribute to your documentation information.

It is important to contact a Reno personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. He or she can begin the process of protecting your interests and seeing that you are appropriately compensated for your pain and suffering, medical and rehabilitation costs, and loss of wages in the present and the future if applicable.

Contact a Reno Personal Injury Lawyer

Matthew L. Sharp is a Reno personal injury lawyer who is dedicated to helping his clients be compensated for the wrongdoing of other persons. If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident caused by another’s negligence, contact The Law Office of Matthew L. Sharp today.