5 Common Causes of Car Accidents

Distracted Driving

Modern technology is great. It has brought all the world’s information to our fingertips. Unfortunately, that information is also available when we’re driving. We all know the temptation to check what’s going on when we hear the familiar beep beep asking us to look at our phones. But giving in to that temptation can be dangerous.  While a driver is looking down at a phone, he or she is not looking around them, and the world keeps moving. Pedestrians, bikers, and other drivers are all in danger when someone gives into the temptation to look at their phone. This is one of the most common causes of car accidents these days.

Drunk Driving

Some of the most devastating accidents I’ve seen in my career have been the result of alcohol and driving mixed. You just can’t drive and react the way a sober person can when you’re intoxicated. There’s also no way for other drivers to protect themselves from drunk drivers. If someone swerves into your lane and drives right at you, what can you do except brace for impact? Drunk driving kills, and it is a major cause of car accidents.

Aggressive Driving

Everyone gets frustrated by traffic sometimes, but when that boils over into aggressive driving, accidents can happen. Drivers must take care not to needlessly endanger others. But when someone gets aggressive, that’s exactly what they’re doing. Cutting other drivers off and forcing them to slam on their brakes isn’t just unsafe, it can be deadly. In Colorado, if you’ve been the victim of an overly aggressive driver, you may be entitled to punitive damages. If you want to know more, contact a car accident lawyer. Most of us offer free consultations.

Bad Weather Conditions

Most places have some type of bad weather during parts of the year. Where I’m from, we get snow pretty regularly for about 4 months each year. That can make driving treacherous. Cars just don’t react the same way in snow as in dry conditions. They take longer to stop and are more likely to skid out of control. That doesn’t mean accidents are inevitable though. Drivers are still responsible for driving appropriately for the conditions. If everyone did that, there wouldn’t be accidents because of bad weather conditions.

Lack of Care

This is probably the most common source of accidents. Failing to pay proper attention while driving. Whether it’s failing to stop and a stop sign, failing to yield to oncoming traffic when turning left, or failing to notice stopped traffic in front of you, a simple lack of care can have devastating consequences.

So there you have it, the five most common causes of car accidents. Contact me directly at the link below if you want to know more.


Cannon HadfieldThanks to our friend and blog author, Sam Cannon of Cannon Hadfield, LLC for his insight into car accident.

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