Common Causes of Car Accidents

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Personal Injury Attorney at Ehline Law Firm PC
A serious injury attorney and legal journalist located in the Golden State of California. Former Marine, father, husband and hard charger.
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Since most drivers are out on the road nearly every day, it is important to be cognizant of the risk of an accident. Accidents are rare for individual drivers, but statistically are very frequent. Being able to determine some of the common features between such accidents and how to prevent future accidents. You won’t be able to avoid all of them, but tips like these sure help.

Not Driving Defensively

Many accidents happen when other drivers are driving aggressively, causing issues on the road. Many try to dominate lanes or tailgate other drivers. Making sure to de-escalate the situation by driving defensively can help. You can receive low cost classes on how to do so and also reduce your insurance rate.

Low Speed Crashes are Common

While many of the most severe crashes happen at high speed, many are at 30 miles per hour or lower. Some are simply unavoidable or the result of factors such as weather or faulty parts or manufacture. Driving a little under the speed limit or as circumstances allow can further reduce the risk of crash.

Drunk and Impaired Drivers

Drunk and impaired drivers make the roadways much less safe. A NHTSA report indicated that over 8% of drivers at any time could have alcohol in their systems. It’s hard to avoid those driving under the influence, but they are a common sight, unfortunately and a common source of accidents.

Using Proper Safety Gear

Make sure that your airbags are properly functioning and that you and your passengers buckle up for every single ride. Make sure that your lights are properly working and not causing issues on the road.

Solo Accidents

Many car accidents are as the result of a driver falling asleep, losing control of the wheel, or facing other issues. Keep aware of your surroundings at all time.


The more time on the road, often the safer the driver is behind the wheel. Facing many types of situations over years makes a driver much less likely to get into a crash and avoid issues with other drivers.

Elements Out of Your Control

There are many factors that a driver cannot always control. Some include obvious ones, including weather. However, in other cases, faulty parts or maintenance can cause severe accidents when they are least expected. There could also be road or signage defects that spark crashes (Read More.)

Skilled Attorneys Can Answer Questions

Often one of the most potent tools for both preventing and responding to accidents is the word of an experienced attorney. A lawyer that has seen it all before could explain how different accidents occur and the cases they’ve seen in the past. Ehline Law’s skilled team is available for advice or to review any possible claims you may have. Please email us using the form on the right or call us at 888-400-9721 any time of the day.

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