5 Common Causes of Car Accidents & Who's At Fault

a man using his phone in front of a crashed car

Car accidents can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere. While some accidents are minor, others can cause severe injuries, property damage, and even fatalities. Unfortunately, many accidents occur due to the negligence or recklessness of drivers, pedestrians, or other parties involved. As a result, determining who's at fault in a car accident can be a complex and stressful process. In this blog post, we'll explore the common causes of car accidents and legal responsibilities to help you understand your rights and options.

1. Distracted Driving

One of the leading causes of car accidents is distracted driving. This includes texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, grooming, or any other activity that takes your attention away from the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. If you're involved in an accident caused by distracted driving, the driver may be held liable for damages.

2. Speeding

Speeding is another common cause of car accidents, especially on highways and busy roads. When drivers exceed the speed limit, they have less time to react to unexpected situations, such as sudden stops or turns. Speeding can also increase the severity of injuries and damages in an accident. If the driver was speeding at the time of the accident, they may be found at fault.

3. Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous. Impaired drivers have slower reaction times, impaired judgment, and reduced coordination, which can lead to accidents. If you're hit by a drunk driver, they may be held criminally and civilly liable for your injuries and damages.

4. Reckless Driving

Reckless driving involves any behavior that puts others at risk, such as weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, or ignoring traffic signals. Reckless drivers are often cited for traffic violations and may be held liable for accidents they cause.

5. Poor Road Conditions

Sometimes, car accidents are caused by poor road conditions, such as potholes, debris, or inadequate lighting. In these cases, the government agency responsible for maintaining the road may be held liable for damages.

Understanding the common causes of car accidents and legal responsibilities can help you protect your rights and seek compensation for your injuries and damages. If you're involved in a car accident, it's important to seek medical attention, gather evidence, and consult with an experienced car accident attorney. At Suzuki Law Offices LLC, we have a team of skilled attorneys who can help you navigate the legal system and fight for your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation.