Motor vehicle accidents may occur because a driver is under the influence, or they may happen as a result of speeding, ignoring signs and a lack of experience. Sometimes, there are certain stressors in life which can increase the likelihood of a crash, such as the loss of a job. When someone loses their job, especially if they did not see it coming, this can lead to significant stress, sleep problems, substance abuse, depression and other challenges, all of which may increase the likelihood of an auto accident.
Someone who is facing financial uncertainty as a result of job loss may have difficulty focusing on the road, or they may be driving to areas that they are unfamiliar with in order to apply for new positions. They may have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, which can result in driver fatigue. Moreover, people may become exhausted after starting a new job, whether they struggle to adjust to a new schedule, or their work duties leave them feeling extremely tired.
If you were hit by a driver who recently lost their job, it may be very hard to connect this with the crash. However, if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, appeared to have been distracted when the accident happened or were behaving erratically on the road, it is important for you to understand your legal options. Moreover, if your job was recently terminated, it is especially important to be mindful of various car crash risk factors.