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Car Accident Causes

November 25, 2011

Car accidents can result from inattentive or aggressive driving, unsafe road or weather conditions, auto defects, and a range of other problems.

There are many factors that can contribute to car accidents; however, the most common cause is irresponsible driver behavior. When a driver’s negligent driving behavior causes an accident with another vehicle, the injured person may be eligible to receive compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, an experienced attorney can help you determine if negligent driver behavior was to blame.

The most common causes of auto accidents include:

Excessive Speed

According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is one of the main factors contributing to auto accidents. Even traveling 5 miles over the speed limit can greatly increase your chances of being involved in an accident.

Driving Under the Influence

Drunk driving is also a main cause of auto accidents. In fact, the NHTSA estimates that alcohol was involved in 9 percent of all crashes and 41 percent of fatal crashes in 2006.

Inattentive Driving

Talking with other passengers or on a cell phone, changing radio stations, looking at scenery, or other actions that take the driver’s attention from the road can all cause accidents. In addition, when an accident has already occurred, “rubbernecking”, or looking around to see the aftermath of the accident, can lead to additional car accidents.

Driving while Drowsy

According to the NHTSA, drowsy driving leads to thousands of auto accidents each year. Because these crashes often occur on high-speed roads and the driver doesn’t attempt to avoid the accident, these accidents tend to be very serious. The driver is often drowsy due to sleep loss, or is under the influence of sedating medications or alcohol.

Aggressive Driving

Behaviors such as tailgating, preventing other drivers from moving their vehicles, or flashing the headlights at another driver when annoyed are all classified as aggressive driving, which can lead to accidents.

Road and Weather Conditions

Inclement weather conditions, icy roadways, and low visibility, can also lead to auto crashes which can often involve multiple vehicles.

Mechanical Failure

Although driver behavior is to blame for many auto accidents, some are due to a mechanical defect, such as a faulty tire design or flaw in the breaking systems. An experienced auto accident lawyer can determine if a mechanical problem is to blame for your accident and hold the responsible party liable.

Consult an Auto Accident Attorney near You

If you have been injured in an auto accident, an experienced attorney can help you determine who is responsible and pursue the compensation you need to move on with your life. You can visit to find an auto accident attorney near you.

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