Common Causes of Car Accidents & Who's At Fault

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Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injuries in the United States. Driving a car is something that we all do almost every day, and it can be easy to forget that driving is dangerous. Accidents can be caused by various factors, from poor road conditions to distractions behind the wheel. Knowing the most common causes of car accidents and who is at fault can help drivers to stay safe on the road.

1. Distracted Driving

One of the most common causes of car accidents is distracted driving. Drivers eating, texting, or talking on the phone are not paying attention to the road, which can lead to devastating accidents. In most cases, distracted drivers are at fault for accidents that they cause.

2. Speeding

Speeding is another common cause of car accidents. Drivers who exceed the speed limit are more likely to lose control of their vehicle and cause an accident. In some cases, speeding drivers may be at fault for an accident, but in other cases, other factors, such as poor road conditions, may also be to blame.

3. Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a severe problem leading to thousands of accidents yearly. Drivers who are impaired by drugs or alcohol cannot make the necessary decisions to operate a vehicle safely. In most cases, drunk drivers are at fault for the accidents that they cause.

4. Weather Conditions

Poor weather conditions, such as rain, snow, or ice, can make driving more difficult and increase the risk of accidents. In some cases, drivers may be at fault for accidents that occur in bad weather if they fail to adjust their driving to account for road conditions.

5. Mechanical Failures

Mechanical failures, such as brake or tire blowouts, can cause accidents. In some cases, the driver may be at fault for failing to maintain their vehicle properly. In contrast, the manufacturer or repair shop may be liable for a mechanical failure in other cases.

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