Learn What Some of the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents Are

By learning about the most common causes of car accidents, you might be better equipped to avoid them. Read on if you would like to discover some of the most common causes of car accidents in California, then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident.

Driving While Distracted

Believe it or not, distracted driving is now the leading cause of car accidents. It has always been an issue, as people fiddle with the radio, take their eyes off the road to tend to their children in the backseat, or otherwise are distracted. However, as more and more technology is added to vehicles, and people are more commonly looking at their phones or other devices, driving while distracted has become the top cause of vehicle accidents.

Driving While Drunk

Driving while drunk is also involved in many deadly car accidents. The unfortunate fact is that drinking and driving is entirely preventable. If a person wants to go out and have a few drinks, they have more options than ever before to get home safely with a rideshare vehicle. If they choose not to, then they can be held liable both criminally and civilly.

Speeding and Reckless Driving

The second most common cause of car accidents is speeding. This is especially common on highways. The truth is that the faster you drive, the slower your reaction time is, and the more serious an accident is likely to be if you are injured. Likewise, other types of reckless driving, such as driving aggressively or changing lanes too quickly, can cause car accidents too.

Not Following the Law

Traffic laws are not there to aggravate people. They are there to protect us. Running a red light can cause an accident. Not properly yielding can be dangerous. If a person does not stop fully at a stop sign, they can cause an accident or injure a pedestrian. These are all dangerous situations that could be prevented if the person had followed the traffic laws.

Driving When it is Not Safe to Do So

The weather can be dangerous in two ways. First, drivers might drive when it is not safe to do so. This could be due to fog, heavy rain, high winds, or slippery roads. Second, drivers might not drive safely for the conditions that exist. For example, the speed limits are set up for ideal traffic conditions. If a car is traveling at the legal limit during an ice storm, they are driving dangerously as this is not a safe speed in an ice storm.

Do you have questions about an accident you have been involved in? Do you want to hold the at-fault party accountable? Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.