Calling a car crash an accident is a bit deceptive. It makes it sound as if it was something that neither party could control and that no one could prevent. As you’ll see, that is very rarely the case.
For instance, nearly every single car accident that happens comes from human error. For all their experience, drivers are not perfect and still make mistakes. When they do, they cause accidents. Some of these mistakes include things like:
- Running a red light
- Drifting over the centerline
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Making unsafe passes
- Merging into another vehicle
Even among these mistakes, you have various causes. For instance, maybe a driver drifted over the centerline and hit your car head-on. The root cause of that mistake, though, was that the driver was intoxicated at the time. That’s what really led to the crash.
This is why calling it an accident just doesn’t really fit. That’s not an accidental event or something that couldn’t have been prevented. The other driver had countless chances to prevent the crash long before it happened. They could have not drank before driving, they could have waited until their BAC fell, they could have asked for a ride or they could have just stayed home. Once driving, they could have stayed in their lane and driven carefully and safely — something made impossible by their intoxication, but still showing how they made a clear error causing the wreck.
Do not let other drivers act like you are both equally at fault or that it was an unfortunate and unavoidable crash. If their error caused the wreck, just take the time to learn about your legal options.