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Car Accident Causes


There are endless ways in which car accidents can occur. Certain causes stand out more than others, though. Read on to learn about some of the most common ways you may become involved in a car accident.

Five Common Car Accident Causes

  1. Speeding. This fully preventable car accident cause is the leading reason for traffic accidents in the U.S. Drive at the posted speed limit to avoid these kinds of incidents.

  2. Distracted driving. As smartphones become increasingly popular, the risk of distracted driving also dramatically increases. In response, national and state legislatures have enacted strict distracted driving laws, particularly as they relate to smartphones. In fact, drivers who are texting and are subsequently involved in traffic accidents may be charged with manslaughter if the incident results in the death of another person.

It is also possible to be distracted while driving if you are eating, smoking, listening to loud music, reaching for things around the vehicle, as well as looking at or speaking to your vehicle’s passengers.

  1. Fatigued driving. Driving while tired is just about as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you have a history of falling asleep at the wheel, it is possible for you to be prosecuted for a criminal offense.

  2. Intoxicated driving. Driving while under the influence is seriously hazardous and is also against the law. Even if you aren’t involved in an accident, you may face serious consequences for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (even certain over-the-counter medications can cause symptoms that make you unable to drive safely). Intoxicated drivers raise their risk of accident involvement by 900%.

  3. Rubber-necking. This occurs when you take your eyes off the road in order to check out an accident you are driving past, or even just a nice view. Don’t take your eyes off the road for any reason.

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