In the first few hours of 2017, an off duty Los Angeles police officer was tragically killed in a car accident in the Simi Valley. The officer was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with an Uber car as it was driving someone home. There were three other individuals injured in the crash but only one fatality.
Though the cause of the accident is yet unknown, it is being reported that one of the vehicles did not adhere to the applicable right of way laws and ran through a red light. Despite wearing her seatbelt, the officer died on the scene. This unfortunate accident highlights the dangers of automobile crashes in major cities.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Though most individuals usually think that car accidents are most commonly caused by an intoxicated or impaired driver on the road, there are many other causes of car accidents as well.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents:
- Distracted Driving
- Texting and Driving
- Running Red Lights
- Running Stop Signs
- Poor Weather Conditions
- Following Too Close
- Eating While Driving
Though any of these may cause a severe, or even fatal car accident, we observe drivers engaging in these behaviors every day. That is why it is important to be a defensive driver that can foresee a potential accident before it occurs.
How to Prevent a Car Accident
Though most car accidents cannot be prevented, paying attention to the drivers around you may decrease the chances of getting into a serious accident. For example, leaving space between the vehicle and another whose driver is texting, eating or engaging in other dangerous behaviors gives room to swerve and avoid an accident if something happens. Additionally, driving at a reasonable speed and paying attention to changing weather conditions is imperative for making sure that one gets to his ultimate destination safely.
How to Respond to a Car Accident
If after taking all of these precautions a car accident still occurs, it is important to receive the appropriate medical help, contact insurance agencies and hire a qualified Sherman Oaks car accident attorney. An attorney can help to evaluate the situation and determine if anyone is liable for injuries or damage to the vehicle and other property.