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What Are the Most Prevalent Causes of Car Accidents?

Same Causes Remain the Same But New Causes Have Also Emerged

Causes of car accidents vary but some causes are more prevalent than others. In some instances, emerging technology has made driving safer. Examples include automatic emergency braking in cars. Video cameras that catch traffic violations on camera is a technology that makes traffic law enforcement more accurate.

However, misuse of certain technology has also put drivers in danger. It may come as no surprise that distracted driving is now the number one cause of car accidents.

Details About the Causes of Car Accidents

According to Markets Business Insider the following are the leading causes of car accidents.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving involves actions such as texting while driving, talking on a mobile phone, inputting information into a GPS, putting on makeup, eating and drinking or even yelling at the kids. All of these actions take the driver's attention off the road.


For years, speeding has been a leading cause of car accidents, and it remains the second leading cause today. Drivers who speed have less time to react and avoid accidents.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is still one of the most common causes of accidents. However, today more options exist so you can avoid drunk driving. If you do not have a designated driver, another option is to call Uber or Lyft to drive you home.

Reckless Driving

Extreme speeding, sudden lane changes and aggressive driving are all forms of reckless driving. If you see someone driving recklessly, it is time to distance your car from that driver and take other actions to drive defensively.

Driving in Bad Weather

You should avoid driving in bad weather if at all possible. Winter ice and snow can be particularly treacherous on the roads. Fog and rain can also create hazardous driving conditions.

Running Red Lights

Many collisions occur because a driver has run a red light. Not paying attention or being in a hurry are often reasons that drivers run red lights. Make safe driving your priority.

Driving at Night

Night driving reduces visibility, which makes it vital to stay aware and use bright headlights whenever possible. Objects and obstacles become more difficult to see at night.

If you have been involved in a serious car accident and believe the other driver was at fault, consult with an experienced accident attorney. A lawyer can find out if a legal basis exists to pursue a lawsuit and recover compensation for damages.

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