Common Causes of Car Accidents

Common Causes of Car Accidents

There are a number of causes of car accidents, some preventable and some unavoidable. While many of the causes of accidents are readily apparent, it is helpful to review the most common causes from time to time, so that we remain cautious on the roads.


Speed limits serve a purpose and traveling at excessive speeds is a common cause of car accidents. When speeding, the driver often has less time to react to other drivers and adverse road conditions. Additionally, the faster a motor vehicle is traveling, the greater its force of impact will be in an accident. A greater force of impact in a crash can result in more extensive property damage and personal injury.


Tailgating occurs when one car drives too close to another. The absence of a safety or buffer zone between the vehicles can result in a rear impact when unexpected traffic conditions appear. It is thus always recommended that you leave sufficient distance between you and the car in front of you so that you have enough time to react to any sudden change in speed or direction of the lead car.

Driver Fatigue

Sleep-deprived and exhausted drivers present a major hazard on the roadways. These drivers often aren’t even aware of the danger they pose. Though sleepiness can be a factor anytime throughout the day and night, fatigue typically hits drivers between 2 am and 6 am.

Road Conditions and Poor Weather

Rain, sleet, snow and ice all pose challenges to drivers. Take extra care when driving in inclement weather. Slow down and watch out for hazards. Keep in mind, even if you are being careful, another driver may not be, and might collide with your car. Thus, keep a healthy distance from other vehicles if possible.

Driver Distraction and Non-Driving Activities

Taking your eyes off the road and diverting your attention between driving and eating, applying makeup, texting, changing the radio station or any of a number of other non-driving activities may be the source of an auto accident. In particular, electronic mobile device use should be curtailed when driving.

Driving Under the Influence

Alcohol, drugs, and even prescription medication can all impact your ability to drive. Drunk driving is by far the most common form of accident-related impairment, and one of the most preventable. Injuries suffered in drug and alcohol related accidents can be serious, and even resulting in death. Penalties for driving under the influence are likewise serious, and can include jail time, loss of license and fines.

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