Common Causes of Car Accidents & Who's At Fault

Car Accident

Car accidents are a prevalent and staggering problem all over the world. Every year, millions of people suffer from the effects of car crashes. Often, car accidents result in severe injuries like fractures, paralysis, and even loss of life. Unfortunately, many of these cases are caused by human negligence or reckless behavior behind the wheel.

1. Distracted Driving

Studies indicate that distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. Distracted driving includes texting, grooming, and eating while driving, among many others. Drivers who engage in distracting behaviors put themselves and other road users at risk. If an accident occurs, the driver responsible for the distraction is typically liable. However, it's important to note that the driver may be held accountable in some cases, even if they were not the primary cause of the crash.

2. Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence is a significant cause of car accidents. Alcohol impairs judgment, vision, and reaction time. Drunk driving can cause fatal accidents, and a driver who causes an accident while under the influence can face criminal charges. In cases where a passenger was at fault for allowing an intoxicated driver to operate the vehicle, they, too, may be held liable for any accidents.

3. Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is operating a vehicle in a dangerous manner that disregards the safety and well-being of others on the road. Reckless driving includes:

  • Behaviors like speeding.
  • Failing to obey traffic signals or signs.
  • Tailgating.
  • Weaving in and out of lanes.

A driver responsible for a reckless driving accident may face criminal charges.

4. Mechanical Failure

While human error is the most common cause of car accidents, mechanical failures can also contribute. Car owners are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are safe to operate. They should conduct regular maintenance and repairs to ensure their vehicles are roadworthy. However, manufacturers can also be held responsible if a defect causes an accident.

Fresno Car Accident Attorney 

If you were recently involved in a car accident, reach out to our car accident attorneys at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt. Our experienced legal team will help you seek justice and compensation for your losses. Contact us today at (559) 900-1280 to get started. 

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