Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents in the U.S

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No one ever expects to get into a car accident. No matter what caused the crash or how it happened car accidents are a stressful period of time. You may find yourself frustrated and having to figure out how to recover at the same time. Handling everything after a car accident isn’t easy and you shouldn’t have to do it alone. 

However, you may be able to reduce your chances of getting into another accident in the future if you know what causes them. While you can’t predict other drivers, what you can do is learn how to prevent one yourself. 

Top Causes of Car Accidents 

  • Distracted Driving 

By far the leading cause of car accidents is distracted driving and the threat grows each year. While many think it just means talking or texting there are many other ways people can be distracted. Eating, reading, grooming, and applying makeup are just some of the other reasons drivers can be distracted. 

  • Intoxicated Driving 

We are all aware the driving while intoxicated with drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous. It is always in everyone’s best interest that there is another way back home rather than driving. While intoxicated driving isn’t the number one cause of accidents it is the one that ends in the most deaths per year. 

  • Speeding 

There are reasons that the posted speed limits are what they are. They are there to keep you and everyone around you as safe as possible. As tempting as it is to push your speed from time to time it also brings up your risk for an accident. It is far better to risk running late than it is to risk your life or someone else’s life just to make it on time. 

  • Reckless Driving 

Excessive lane changes, speeding, and aggressive behaviors behind the wheel can be a cause of a car accident. It is why road rage is frequently to blame for a car accident. It is important that you are aware of your actions on the road and what is going on around you. One misjudgment can cause an accident in seconds. 

  • Running Traffic Signals 

A serious accident can happen if you fail to stop at a red light or stop sign. If you are lucky enough to not cause an accident you could still be caught by the authorities. Often those fines are hefty and it can lead to frustration. The most common reason for someone to run a red light or stop sign is simple. Distracted drivers often miss these signals to stop and it can lead to serious injury. 

If you’ve been in a car accident it is in your best interest to contact a car accident lawyer for a consultation. When you step through the doors at Jeff Murphy Law you can know that you are in good hands and that we want to help you through your car accident case.