6 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

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6 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Jay Stillman

3 min read

Being involved in a car accident can be a very stressful situation, especially if it involves property damage or injuries. Although some car accidents aren’t avoidable, many are if the necessary precautions are taken. Here are the 6 most common causes of car accidents:

1. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents across America. When driving, remember that your only job behind the wheel is paying attention and driving safely. Examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using your mobile device while driving.
  • Being distracted by other passengers.
  • Eating and drinking.
  • Anything that takes your attention away from safe driving.

2. Speeding

Second on our list of common causes of car accidents is speeding. Driving aggressively at high speeds is hazardous to yourself and everyone around you. Driving at high speeds can slow down your reaction time if you need to maneuver to avoid an accident. The speed limit is more than just an arbitrary number. It’s the law. It’s there for your safety and the safety of those around you.

3. Inclement Weather

Inclement weather is another cause of car accidents with rain being one of the major causes in the Middle Tennessee area. Water can create slick roadways and cause cars to slide without warning. It is essential to drive extra carefully if you’re stuck in a rainstorm. 

4. Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is defined as someone who is under the influence while driving. Driving under the influence is not only a danger to the driver but also to those around them. Penalties for impaired driving can include driver’s license revocation, fines, and jail time. To avoid these risks, always make sure to predetermine a designated driver to keep you and others safe. 

5. Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is another very common cause of car accidents. In most cases, reckless driving accidents result from traffic violations committed by the driver. Several examples of reckless driving include:

  • Weaving in and out of traffic. 
  • Failing to stop at a red light or stop sign. 
  • Failure to use turn signals when changing lanes or turning.
  • Cutting other drivers off. 

If you see anyone driving recklessly, make sure to slow down and give them space. If it appears that this driver is a hazard to all drivers, find a safe area to stop and call 911.

6. Running Through Intersections

Running through intersections is another common cause of car accidents. For this reason, it’s essential for drivers always to slow down when they see a yellow light, and come to a complete stop when it turns red.

When it comes to stop signs, resist the temptation to drive through without stopping, even if you are near your home with fewer cars around. Coming to a complete can save your life and the lives of others. 


Stay safe during the holiday season by driving safely! We hope you enjoyed reading these 6 most common causes of car accidents. If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident and are unsure what to say or do, call us for a FREE and confidential consultation, and we will evaluate your case at no charge to you. 

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Stillman & Friedland Attorneys