Most Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the U.S., approximately 90 people die from motor vehicle accidents daily. Depending on the severity of the collision, victims of motor vehicle accidents are often left suffering from injuries that can sometimes be life-changing. To best protect yourself and others on the road, it's important to know there are many ways drivers can help keep the roads as safe as possible.

Although some occur more frequently than others, many things could cause a car accident to occur. Some of the most common causes typically include:


Anything that requires drivers' attention to be removed from the road is considered a driving distraction. This can include anything from eating or drinking to texting or talking on the phone. Anyone struggling to stay focused behind the wheel should consider better preparing themselves before getting in the car or downloading drive-safe apps to help them stay off their phone.


Running late for school or work can make it easy to drive faster than the speed limit. As this is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, the best way to ensure safe driving is always to obey the speed limit.

Drunk Driving

Never get behind the wheel intoxicated. It can cause a significant lack of ability to concentrate, altered judgment, loss of coordination, and impaired vision. After consuming alcohol, it's always recommended to take advantage of rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber or catch a ride from a friend.

Road Rage and Reckless Driving

Many drivers become easily frustrated while driving and display aggressive behavior by tailgating or purposefully cutting another driver off. Patience and keeping a level head are critical when sharing the road with others. Anyone injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver is entitled to compensation.

Contact an Attorney

If you or someone you know has recently been injured in an auto accident, consider working with a skilled professional, as you may be entitled to financial compensation. Getting the justice you deserve after your accident can be challenging without the proper legal experience. Let us help.

With years of experience, our attorney at The Law Offices Of James C. DeZao has what it takes to ensure your case is successful and offers you any support you may need every step of the way.

Contact us today at (973) 358-6134 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation and discuss the details of your claim.