What Are the Causes of Car Accidents? Most car accidents are due to human error, such as distracted driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Some of the most common causes of car accidents are distracted driving, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, reckless driving, bad weather conditions, driving during nighttime, manufacturing defects, tailgating, wrong-way driving, improper turns, potholes, tire blowouts, animal crossings, and running red lights.

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Traffic Accidents Caused by Human Error

Most traffic accidents are the result of human error, recklessness, or negligence. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 2,710,000 serious injuries and 36,560 fatalities due to auto accidents occurred in 2018. Even if you are the most careful driver on the road, it does not mean that you will not be involved in an accident due to the negligence of another driver. Always drive carefully, and follow all traffic laws, wear your seat belt, and drive defensively.

Types of Car Accidents

While there are hundreds of ways a car accident could happen, the following are the most common causes of car accidents on the roadways.

Automobile Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is becoming more and more of a challenge on the roadways. Specifically, texting and driving causes more and more automobile accidents every year. However, distracted driving encompasses more than texting and driving. It also includes eating, reading, talking, or grooming while driving.

Driving While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

Drunk driving is one of the deadliest causes of auto accidents in the United States every year, and completely preventable. In 2017, Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 5,125 automobile accidents involving alcohol. Always find a sober driver or use a ridesharing service or taxi.

Reckless Driving

Speeding, running red lights, tailgating too closely, and wrong-way driving are all examples of reckless driving. As a driver, you have a duty and responsibility to others on the roadway to behave appropriately and drive carefully. If you cause a car wreck due to your recklessness, you may be liable for all the damages and injuries that are suffered by any victim.

Negligent Driving and Car Crashes

Improper turns, driving negligently at nighttime, or failing to recognize traffic signs could be considered negligence. If you were negligent while driving and caused a car crash, you may be liable regarding any injuries or damages that occur.

Manufacturing Defects Can Cause Vehicle Accidents

Often, a vehicle part or component is defective. If this is the case, and it causes a vehicle accident, the manufacturer will be liable for any damages or injuries suffered due to the defect. It is important to ensure that your vehicle does not have any recall notices associated with it.

Unavoidable Car Accidents

Sometimes, there are simply unavoidable accidents. When an animal, such as a deer, runs out into the roadway, often, there are limited options regarding the ability to avoid a collision. Bad weather conditions, unexpected potholes, tire blowouts, and other accidents are simply unavoidable and can cause substantial and catastrophic damage.

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If you were in a car accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another driver and suffered injuries, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. We may be able to help you determine if you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.