Factors that Cause Drivers to Lose Control of their Cars

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle July 27 2020 1:42 pm

Factors that Cause Drivers to Lose Control of their Cars

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle July 27 2020 1:42 pm
Factors that Cause Drivers to Lose Control of their Cars

When a driver loses control of his or her vehicle, that driver endangers everyone with whom he or she shares the road. While drivers obviously don’t generally intend to lose control of their vehicles, there are several forms of negligence that commonly contribute to this exceedingly dangerous outcome. If you’ve been injured by a driver who lost control of his or her car, it’s time to consult with an experienced Kansas car accident attorney

Speed Kills

Speed plays a pivotal role in motorists’ ability to handle their vehicles safely. In fact, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) shares the following grim facts related to speeding:

  1. In 2018 alone, speeding led to 9,378 deaths.
  2. For the last 20 years, speed has played a critical role in about a third of all traffic fatalities. 
  3. Speeding doesn’t refer solely to exceeding the posted speed limit. When a motorist drives too fast for the condition of the road – including too fast for the adverse effects of inclement weather or a poorly maintained roadway – that driver is speeding dangerously (even if he or she is not exceeding the speed limit).
  4. Speeding greatly increases the chance that a driver will lose control of his or her vehicle. 

Driver Distraction

Motorists are responsible for driving safely, which includes eschewing dangerous distractions while behind the wheel. Distracted drivers are much less aware of the traffic all around them, which leaves them that much more likely to lose control of their vehicles. The most dangerous distraction, and one that is becoming more and more prevalent, is interaction with one’s smartphone. 

Dangerously Worn or Otherwise Faulty Tires

Our vehicles’ tires represent our point of connection with the road, and as such, they are critical to driving safely. When a motorist fails to keep the tires on his or her vehicle in safe, working condition, that driver increases the risk of losing control of the vehicle. Tire blowouts are another serious concern, and they are often associated with faulty manufacturing. 

Poorly Functioning Brakes

Having well-maintained brakes that are functioning safely is another critical element of safe driving and of maintaining control of one’s car. Traffic is unpredictable and braking suddenly is often imperative. If a vehicle’s brakes are subpar – whether poorly maintained or faultily manufactured – it greatly increases the chances that the driver will lose control of the vehicle when an emergency driving situation arises. 

Consult with an Experienced Kansas Car Accident Attorney Today

Every car accident is dangerous, but when the at-fault driver loses control of his or her car, the situation is that much more dangerous – and terrifying. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by such a driver, the car accident attorney at Pyle Law in Kansas has the skill, commitment, and resources to help effectively and efficiently guide your case toward its most favorable resolution. Your case is too important to leave to chance, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 620-374-9299 for more information today.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.