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Common causes of motor vehicle crashes

On Behalf of | Dec 20, 2023 | Personal Injury

Motor vehicle crashes are serious events that can dramatically change the course of a person’s life. Many factors contribute to these accidents, some of which are preventable. 

It’s up to each driver on the road to do their part toward keeping everyone safe. Ideally, all drivers will avoid these causes of car wrecks.

Distractions while driving

Distracted driving is one of the primary causes of motor vehicle crashes in the modern age. Distractions include any activity that diverts attention from driving, such as talking or texting on the phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in the vehicle or messing with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system. 

Fatigue and driving

Driver fatigue is another significant cause of motor vehicle crashes. Fatigue can impair reaction time, reduce a driver’s decision-making ability and even lead to falling asleep behind the wheel. This is particularly common in long-distance drivers or individuals who drive for extended periods without adequate rest. Fatigue-related crashes often occur during late night, early morning, or mid-afternoon.

Impairment due to alcohol or drugs

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a well-known cause of motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol impairs thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination, all of which are essential to operating a vehicle safely. Similarly, drugs, including prescription medications, marijuana and other narcotics, can affect judgment, coordination, balance and reaction time. 

Aggressive driving behavior

Aggressive driving, which includes speeding, tailgating, weaving through traffic and running red lights, is another common cause of motor vehicle crashes. Such behaviors can lead to accidents due to the reduced reaction time and increased severity of collisions. Aggressive driving often escalates to road rage, increasing the risk of accidents.

Even drivers who are operating a vehicle safely may become the victim of a crash stemming from one of these causes. Those serious wrecks may cause injuries that require medical care. Ultimately, they may choose to seek compensation for the financial damages, including the medical expenses or lost wages, that are due to the injury.