Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Auto accidents seriously injure millions of people every year. Hundreds of thousands suffer life-changing injuries or die. It is often driver negligence that is the cause of auto accidents, but there are other causes as well.

Distracted Driving

One of the leading causes of auto accidents is distracted drivers. Ironically, rubbernecking other accidents accounts for nearly 20% of distracted driving accidents. Other reasons for distracted driving include:

  • Cellphone use
  • Driver fatigue
  • Staring at the scenery
  • Adjusting the stereo or iPod
  • Distractions caused by passengers, such as children in the backseat

Driver fatigue is a very common reason auto accidents occur. Reaction time is slowed and facing adverse conditions can cause a crash. Fatigued drivers also drive erratically, such as veering out of their lane, failing to observe traffic signs and lights, and changing speeds unexpectedly.

Cell phones are ubiquitous and texting increases the possibility of becoming involved in an auto accident. Many states have outlawed the use of cell phones while driving in an attempt to reduce the chances of an accident.

Other Causes of Auto Accidents

Common causes of auto accident include:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive driving
  • Bad weather
  • Defective vehicles
  • Road hazards

Any of these causes is possible in New Hampshire and Vermont. Becoming involved in an auto accident can be a scary experience, especially if you have been injured. If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you should call an experienced auto accident attorney.

If you are in New Hampshire or Vermont and have been seriously injured in an auto accident, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today.


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