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How Car Accidents Happen

Car accidents are a serious problem in Los Angeles.  Hundreds of people in Los Angeles and Los Angeles County are killed every year in motor vehicle crashes.  Here are the most common causes of accidents:

  1. Driver Distraction: Distracted driving is quickly becoming the leading cause of car accidents. Texting, talking on the phone, reaching over to the passenger seat, or engaging in some other activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the road is extremely dangerous and can be deadly.
  2. Speed: Excessive speed limits a driver’s ability to react to the road conditions and the cars around them, and it also increases the damage that can occur in a crash.
  3. Drugs and Alcohol: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is very dangerous and can lead to catastrophic accidents. Victims are often seriously injured even though they are not responsible for the crash.
  4. Weather and Road Factors: Rain, wind, sleet, fog, and other conditions can impact the safety of motor vehicles on the road. Every driver has a responsibility to adjust their driving accordingly to account for weather and road factors.
  5. Failure to Obey Signs and Lights: Stop signs and traffic lights are important indicators of the rules of the road. Failing to stop at red lights and stop signs can cause serious accidents.
  6. Lane Changes:  Highway lane changes often cause accidents when drivers fail to signal or fail to check their blind spots, cutting off other drivers.
  7. Driver Inexperience:  Whether a newly licensed driver, an unlicensed driver, or a driver who is new to their vehicle or the road, inexperience can often cause serious accidents.
  8. Tailgating: Following too closely is a common cause of car accidents.  All drivers are responsible for maintaining control of their vehicles, which includes keeping safe distance from the car in front of them.
  9. Turning Accidents:  Making a turn, especially left hand turns into oncoming traffic, can be dangerous. Failure to cede the right of way is a common legal issue.
  10. Vehicle Defects: Driving with defective brakes, worn tires or faulty steering are common causes of accidents.
  11. Driver Fatigue: Being tired or falling asleep at the wheel can cause serious collisions, particularly head-on collisions and wrong-way collisions.
  12. Road Factors: Construction, potholes, or poor signage can also cause car accidents.

If you are the victim of a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, call our office today to schedule a free consultation.