In many cases, a car that is run off the road flips over or slams into another object. The damage to the vehicle can be severe. Furthermore, run-off car accidents can cause serious injuries to the passengers in the vehicle that is run off the road. There are many causes of run-off car accidents. A lot of those causes are the fault of another driver who might be liable for the injuries and damages caused by the crash.
What Causes Run-Off Car Accidents?
Aggressive driving is a problem in most cities throughout the United States. Most cities in Sacramento County experience heavy traffic, which can lead to aggressive driving. Aggressive drivers often weave in and out of lanes as they attempt to get ahead of traffic. Unfortunately, weaving in and out of traffic increases the risk of bumping into or sideswiping another vehicle, causing that vehicle to run off the road. However, aggressive driving is not the only cause of run-off car accidents.
Distracted driving is another common cause of run-off car accidents. Drivers who are texting while driving, using their cell phones, adjusting vehicle controls, reaching for objects, eating, grooming, or doing countless other activities other than watching the road drift into another lane, thereby running a driver off the road. Other common causes of run-off car accidents include drunk driving, speeding, drowsy driving, and tailgating, drugged driving.
Whatever the cause may be for a run-off car accident, it is important to take several steps after the accident to protect yourself.
Steps After a Run-Off Car Accident
If a car runs you off the road, following these steps can protect your legal rights after an accident:
- Try to stop at the first safe location after being run off the road.
- Contact 911 to request police officers and emergency medical services.
- If possible, take pictures of the area and the vehicle that ran you off the road. If the vehicle left the scene, make detailed notes on paper or your cell phone regarding what you remember about the vehicle.
- Ask people to stop to tell you as much as they remember about the vehicle and the driver. Even a partial license plate number can be helpful. Get the names and contact information for bystanders and eyewitnesses.
- Take pictures and make a video of the damage to your vehicle.
- Go to the doctor as soon as possible to access your physical injuries. In addition to documenting an accident scene and the damage to your vehicle, you must document your physical injuries. Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions and keep detailed notes about your experiences during your recovery.
- Also, document your financial losses by keeping detailed notes of all expenses and financial losses, copies of receives, and copies of bills related to the accident or your injuries.
Contact a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney Now!
Investigating a run-off car accident can be challenging, especially if it involves a hit-and-run driver. Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers have the experience, skills, and resources necessary to handle these types of car accident claims. Please contact us now to discuss your case. We need to begin working on your claim as soon as possible before evidence regarding the accident becomes more difficult to locate and preserve.
Contact The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or by visiting our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our California personal injury attorneys.