Injury Law Blog

Smaller vehicles aren’t an excuse for inattentive driving

With the advent of mobile device technology and increasingly sophisticated features installed in vehicles, there is a lot drivers can become distracted by within the confines of their own car. This is not even to mention a large number of distractions on or near the roadway. No matter the changes in technology or scenery, one thing remains true: drivers have an obligation to make safety their top priority.

Keeping this in mind, we have written about the potential dangers associated with the growing popularity of small vehicles. Beyond becoming more prevalent on California roads, these small cars often aren’t as safe as larger models when involved in auto accidents. Of course, a smaller vehicle may not be as easily spotted as a large SUV, but changes in consumer habits don’t absolve drivers of the need to pay attention.

Maintaining safety on the roads is everyone’s responsibility — not just those who drive small cars or those who driver larger vehicles. A momentary lapse of attention can have disastrous consequences, since most people assume that others are paying attention behind the wheel. Even though a driver might be particularly cautious and abide by the rules of the road, they are unfortunately still susceptible to an accident.

Those who have smaller, less-safe vehicles may be subject to severe or even fatal injuries in the event of a crash. If this occurs, the accident victim’s loved ones will have to look for ways to deal with the gravity of their loss.

When a driver’s inattention contributes to a fatal motor vehicle accident, he or she could be held accountable with a wrongful death suit. In this type of legal proceeding, gathering evidence to demonstrate negligence could provide what’s needed for a successful claim.