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5 common causes of auto accidents

Drivers always put themselves at risk of being involved in an auto accident when they get on the road. Statistically, millions of people are involved in auto accidents every year. There is a possibility that every driver will be involved in at least one accident in their lifetime – some drivers may experience a handful of accidents. 

Auto accidents happen for many reasons. Many of them are caused by negligence and user errors. Here are a few common causes of auto accidents: 

Distracted driving

Distracted driving happens when a driver does something that causes them to lose or divide their focus on driving. Possibly the most common source of distracted driving is caused by texting and driving. Other forms of distracted driving may be caused by eating, talking to passengers and changing the radio.

Inebriated drivers

Alcohol can severely affect a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. An inebriated driver may not be able to judge distances, make safe turns, brake appropriately or maintain their speed. Alcohol can greatly increase the likelihood of auto accidents. 

Drowsy driving

Drowsy driving happens when a driver becomes sleepy. They may struggle to focus on the road and may even fall asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy driving may be just as bad as drunk driving. 

Medical conditions

A driver may have a medical condition that makes it harder for them to safely drive. For example, a driver may have narcolepsy and could suddenly fall asleep behind the wheel. Or, a driver with impaired vision may struggle to see at night.


A driver may act negligently. They could drive over the speed limit, rapidly change lanes, cut drivers off or tailgate as just a few examples. Negligence can put many drivers at risk of auto accidents. 

If you are involved in an auto accident, then it can help to learn about your legal options as you seek compensation for your injuries or losses.