Top 11 Causes of Car Accidents

Unfortunately, motor vehicle crashes are quite common in the United States; worst of all, most of these car accidents are the result of human error.

The consequences of these crashes include lost earnings, permanent injuries, and, sometimes, death. That’s why riders, drivers, and pedestrians must follow traffic laws and exercise extreme caution when using the road.  

Below are some of the top causes of car accidents in the United States.

Distracted Driving

For the past several decades, distracted driving has been a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents. And technological advancements have caused the threat to grow each year. Unsafe practices must be avoided while driving to reduce the risk of getting into an accident. This means you should avoid activities like applying makeup, reading, eating, texting, calling, or even talking too much to passengers while operating a vehicle.

Driving Under the Influence

Drunk driving is among the most dangerous causes of car accidents in the United States. If you plan to go out and drink, get a designated driver or take a taxi. Otherwise, you risk deadly consequences.

Disobeying Speed Limits

When running late, you might be tempted to push the speed limit. However, speeding is high on the list of the top causes of car accidents.  Remain within the legal limits and resist the urge to speed.

Recklessly Operating a Vehicle

Horrible accidents can result from reckless actions like greatly exceeding the speed limit, carelessly changing lanes, and road rage. Therefore, it is essential for drivers to stay calm and exercise patience while driving. This will prevent carelessness from causing needless accidents.

Weather Conditions

Avoiding wet roads while driving is not always possible; however, whenever possible, treacherous, slippery road conditions should be avoided. Pull over to the side of the road if it becomes too slick or visibility becomes too low. When conditions improve, you can continue your journey.

Disobeying Traffic Lights

While this should be obvious to everyone on the road, it bears repeating. The red light is always an indication to stop. Running a red light is against the law and could cause serious accidents, even if it seems like no other vehicle is coming. Disobeying traffic lights could cause serious permanent injuries or death. It is important to understand that the life of each driver and pedestrian is valuable, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Driving at Night

Low or no visibility makes it more challenging to see hazards while driving at night. That’s why it’s important to be extra cautious when you drive at night. Additionally, when driving on roads without street lights, use your full headlights.  

Vehicular Defects

Flaws in the vehicle are among the top causes of car accidents. While this cannot always be avoided, it is important to regularly maintain your vehicle and keep abreast of any recalls of the vehicle.

If a defective car part caused your accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the part’s manufacturer.

Improper Turns or Driving the Wrong Way

No one is perfect; however, lapses in judgment while operating a vehicle can lead to terrible accidents. Pay close attention to street signs indicating irregularities like one-way streets, particularly when driving in unfamiliar areas.

Accidents can happen when signals are used improperly. The same is true when a turn is made without getting into the proper lane or when traffic signals are not followed. When making a turn, observe the proper right-of-way and always pay attention to the traffic signs.


Regardless of how frustratingly slow the driver ahead is going, there is absolutely no excuse to follow the car too closely. Keeping a safe distance from the other vehicle will give you enough time to react if a sudden turn or stop is made.

Adolescent Drivers

Many teenagers lack the experience necessary to operate a vehicle in unsafe conditions. As such, adolescent drivers are responsible for many accidents. For teenage drivers, parents should ensure they take a defensive driving course. Additionally, the number of passengers they can take in the car should be limited and cell phone use should not be allowed while driving.

If You’re a Victim

Before venturing out to drive, make the decision to be proactive. Take all the necessary precautions and remove all distractions that could hinder you from fully focusing on the task at hand.

If another driver fails to observe the same caution, this negligent action could mean he or she is liable for any injuries you suffer as a result. To find out your options, hire a top-notch car accident attorney with Colley & Colley, LLP.