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The Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

The Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

They may be referred to as accidents, but not all car accidents are truly accidental. There are numerous circumstances that can lead to a motor vehicle accident (MVA). If you have been involved in one, do not assume that the insurance carrier will keep your best interests in mind, even if the other party is 100% at fault.

A motor vehicle accident may be as a result of the driver's negligence, inattention, distraction, recklessness, aggressiveness and much more. Determining how it happened and who is at fault is usually complicated by factors like who acted when and what rules and regulations were applicable to the event. If the other party was negligent, you need to prove that the individual breached a care duty owed to you.

That being said, here are some of the common causes of motor vehicle accidents that usually lead to injury, damages and even death.

Weather Conditions

Even though road conditions include things like poorly monitored road construction zones and poor road design, bad road conditions are often a result of poor weather conditions. Inclement weather takes numerous forms including hail, snow, high winds, heavy storms, rains, etc. Winter driving, for instance, usually involves poor visibility and winter conditions create icy or slushy roads, both of which combined with fast driving can lead to auto accidents. Combine poor visibility and poor road conditions and the chances of avoiding a road accident are very slim.

Drunk Driving

We don't have to say much about this, but because it's a major cause of auto accidents, we will. Most of the drunk driving accidents are usually caused by individuals who did not think the had too many drinks to drive properly. In most cases, there are usually wrong, sometimes fatally wrong. If you plan on drinking, do not drive and if you are going to drive, do not drink.


Distracted Driving

According to reports, about 30 to 50 percent of all car crashes are usually related to driver distraction as the primary cause of auto accidents.

These distractions include rubbernecking, texting, or even slowing down to observe another accident. Phone use is a huge concern with over 80% of cell-phone users talking on their phones frequently while on the road. A study even found that driving and talking on a phone increases the risk of crashing by 4 times.


Unsafe Speed

Extreme speeds pose a risk not only to the speeder but any other driver or pedestrian who might be unfortunate enough to be on the road. However, driving too slow can ideally cause auto accidents. A slow driver, particularly on a major highway can disrupt traffic's flow, which then causes others to take abrupt or evasive actions that put them and those near them at risk.

Tailgating

This is not really reckless or careless driving, it is just plain stupid. Tailgating deprives everyone of the required reaction time to drive properly and in a safe manner.

Reckless Driving

A driver does not have to be distracted to be reckless or careless. Simply failing to shoulder check or signal before switching lanes is a good example that can lead to a fatal auto accident.


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