Common Causes Of Car Accidents

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and serious injuries across the United States. Most car accidents are caused by driver error. These mistakes are usually the result of negligence or recklessness, and drivers can be held liable through civil law, as well as criminal penalties.

The attorneys of Underwood Law Offices help victims of careless and reckless drivers obtain compensation for their injuries and other losses. We take care of negotiating with insurance companies and preparing cases for court so our clients and their families can concentrate on getting better.

Find out how we can help you if you've been injured in a car accident caused by someone else's fault. Call us now or fill out our online contact form for a free claim review.

Why Car Accidents Happen

Through our work with hundreds of car accident victims over many years, we have become familiar with many of the common causes of car accidents. Crashes can occur at any time and affect innocent drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and others anywhere in our state.

Some of the most frequent causes of car accidents include:

  • Speeding. Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions is cited in about one-third of car accidents every year. Speeding drivers may lose control of their vehicles and crash. They may also cause an accident because they have less time to react to unexpected conditions in the road ahead. Speed also increases the force of a collision, and the severity of injuries in a car accident.
  • Distracted driving. Increased use of cellphones and texting while driving have caused a dramatic rise in distracted driving accidents in the last decade. Anything that takes the driver's eyes and mind away from the task of operating their vehicle - even for a moment - is distracted driving. This includes eating, drinking, grooming, talking to passengers, tuning a radio, reading a map and many other activities. Teenage and young adult drivers engage in distracted driving more often than older drivers, researchers say.
  • Impaired driving. Despite a generation's worth of tougher laws and public campaigns against drinking and driving, drunk driving remains a leading cause of car accidents across the U.S. Alcohol-impaired driving accounts for about a third of all traffic fatalities in the country during a typical year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says. Driving under the influence of illegal drugs, prescription or over-the-counter medications creates a similar hazard.
  • Drowsy driving. Being fatigued or sleepy behind the wheel is another dangerous form of impaired driving. A drowsy driver has slower reflexes and poor perception, and can even fall asleep at the wheel. Students who also hold jobs, nightshift workers and those who drive long distances as part of their jobs are more likely than other drivers to be fatigued. Medications can also make drivers too drowsy to drive safely.
  • Aggressive driving. Tailgating, frequent or improper passing and lane changes, running stop signs and red lights, and similar reckless acts are increasingly identified as forms of "aggressive driving." Many states have adopted specific aggressive driving laws to penalize reckless drivers.
  • Faulty equipment and dangerous roadways. When brakes, tires, steering systems or other automotive systems or parts fail, a driver may lose control and crash. Poorly designed or maintained roads also contribute to car accidents. Product liability lawsuits seek compensation for injured drivers from negligent manufacturers or distributors or automotive parts. Claims may also be brought against government agencies and contractors responsible for road design and maintenance.

Every car accident that causes a serious injury or death should be investigated to determine how and why it happened. Police investigate accidents, but only a car accident attorney investigates with the injured victim's best interests in mind. It's also important to remember that the police do not decide civil liability for car accidents.

At Underwood Law Offices, we work hard to obtain the maximum compensation available for clients who have suffered serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one in car accidents.

Let Our Experienced Lawyers Investigate the Cause of Your Crash

Determining liability for a car accident often requires a thorough investigation by an attorney working on the injured victim's behalf. At Underwood Law Offices, we pursue every avenue available to obtain maximum compensation for our clients.

If you've been hurt in a car accident, call us now or use our online form to schedule a confidential, free consultation to discuss your legal rights.