Common Causes of Car Accidents

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Car accidents can occur due to a variety of factors and circumstances. Here are several examples of how we have seen that car accidents can happen:

  • Rear-End Collisions: These occur when a vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle, often due to tailgating, sudden braking, distracted driving, or inadequate following distance.
  • Intersection Collisions: Accidents at intersections can happen when drivers run red lights or stop signs, fail to yield right-of-way, or misjudge the speed or distance of approaching vehicles.
  • Head-On Collisions: These occur when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide frontally. Head-on collisions can result from wrong-way driving, overtaking in a no-passing zone, or driver impairment.
  • Side-Impact Collisions: Also known as T-bone accidents, these occur when the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle at a perpendicular angle. They often happen at intersections or when a driver fails to yield.
  • Single-Vehicle Crashes: These accidents involve only one vehicle and can result from factors such as speeding, losing control of the vehicle, tire blowouts, hydroplaning, or colliding with a stationary object.
  • Sideswipe Accidents: Sideswipes occur when two vehicles traveling in the same direction make contact with each other. This can happen when changing lanes without proper signaling, drifting out of the lane, or merging improperly.
  • Rollover Accidents: Rollovers occur when a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof. This type of accident is often associated with high-speed maneuvers, abrupt steering, or an imbalance in the vehicle’s center of gravity.
  • Distracted Driving Accidents: Distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, or adjusting controls can divert a driver’s attention from the road, leading to accidents.
  • Impaired Driving Accidents: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or certain medications impairs a driver’s judgment, reflexes, and ability to operate a vehicle safely, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Fatigue-Related Accidents: Falling asleep at the wheel or driving while excessively fatigued can result in accidents. Fatigue reduces alertness, impairs reaction time, and affects a driver’s ability to stay focused.

These examples highlight some common scenarios in which car accidents occur. It is important for drivers to stay attentive, follow traffic laws, avoid distractions, and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents and ensure road safety.  When they do not, a driver is said to be negligent.  A negligent driver who hurts someone may be held liable for money damages.

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