When you get behind the wheel of your car to travel on California roadways, you do so with the understanding of numerous issues. For instance, like most licensed drivers, you likely understand that there is risk for injury when traveling by motor vehicle. You also undoubtedly know that you are responsible for adhering to all traffic laws and safety regulations when you drive.

It’s quite possible for numerous unexpected situations to arise where you might not have enough time to safely react to avoid a collision. Crash analysts often study collision data, as well as area demographics, driving trends and other information that can help them determine potential causal factors that often lead to collisions, as well as possible ways to improve traveler safety. Reviewing such information may help you stay safe although it’s also good to know what to do and where to seek support if a collision does occur.

Hit from behind

If a driver slams into the back of your vehicle, you’re at great risk for whiplash and other sudden-jolt injuries. A significant number of vehicular collisions involve drivers crashing into the rear ends of other cars. If you’re the driver in front and you suddenly slammed on your brakes as you approached a red light or stop sign, there’s a good chance the person behind you might not be able to stop in time to avoid a crash.

Other issues that often lead to rear end collisions involve driver behavior and human error. A driver might misjudge the distance between his or her car and yours. If the person behind the wheel in the car behind you is texting, looking at a roadside scene instead of what’s in front of his or her car, or is intoxicated or otherwise impaired, you could wind up suffering moderate to severe injuries if a collision occurs.

Other collision factors

Inclement weather or poor road conditions increase the likelihood of a collision. Reckless or negligent drivers place themselves and others at risk. Vehicle trouble, such as a blown tire or a malfunctioning piece of equipment like failed brakes may also be causal factors in a motor vehicle accident.

If another person is negligent and that negligence causes a collision that results in injury to you or your loved one, it may be possible to obtain financial recovery for your losses. California law allows recovering victims or family members of fatally injured accident victims to seek justice in a civil court.

Taking one step at a time after a car accident

One minute you might be driving along in quite an uneventful manner and the next thing you know, there’s a loud sound like the clashing of metal and you feel yourself being tossed around your vehicle like a rag doll. Sudden collisions can have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. In fact, sometimes you might suffer permanent emotional or physical scars from your injuries.

It’s always a high priority to obtain medical attention as soon as possible after a crash. You’ll also want to speak with any witnesses who saw the accident happen. You can call your insurance agent if you are in well enough condition. Many accident victims also contact personal injury attorneys to seek legal guidance and support.