California Auto Accidents: 10 Top Causes

Personal Injury AttorneyA personal injury attorney in Los Angeles knows all too well that thousands of individuals are killed and tens of thousands are seriously injured in California automobile accidents each year.  What are the causes of car crashes in California?  Although there are many, here are the most significant seen by a personal injury attorney. Los Angeles area drivers are doubtless familiar with all of them.

#10 Bad Weather – Whether driving in the city or in the mountains, California residents must cope with changing weather hazards such as fog, rain, snow, sleet, and ice. These weather hazards test even experienced drivers.
#9   Road Conditions – The best of drivers can be derailed by poorly maintained or poorly designed roads.  Pot holes, poor lighting, faded road markings, and confusing signs can all cause or contribute to serious accidents.
#8  Rubberneckers – Many accidents are caused by people who turn their attention to anything unusual, such as road construction or another accident, without paying attention to their own driving.
#7   Radios and other distractions in the car- Driving certainly can be more pleasurable with the radio on. However, accidents can be caused by people who become distracted while singing along to their favorite tune and don’t notice that traffic has stopped immediately ahead.  Conversations with passengers, distractions from crying children, and efforts to find and read maps similarly cause drivers to take their attention away from traffic in front of them.
#6  Fatigue – It seems that we all have hectic lives today and it may be difficult to find enough time to sleep. But if you get behind the wheel feeling exhausted physically and mentally, you are putting yourself and others in danger.
#5  Debris/Flying Objects – Unexpected hazards are very common on the road. If you suddenly come upon debris on the road that just fell off a truck, you are faced with making a split second decision. Should you swerve to avoid it and risk hitting other vehicles or should you crash into it?  Either way, you could be seriously injured.
#4   Eating and drinking – We all do it. Eating and drinking on the run.  Enjoying a snack or meal while driving may not seem to be dangerous. But when hot coffee spills on your lap, or mayo from your sandwich drops on your shirt, instinctively you look down to blot it up. Taking your eyes off the road to deal with spills may be particularly dangerous if you are changing lanes or there is heavy traffic.
#3  Intoxication – Intoxication is a major cause of deaths on California roads. Alcohol and illegal substances are not the only offenders. Prescription medications can also cause drowsiness or loss of concentration resulting in dangerous accidents.
#2 Cell Phones and Texting – Studies have shown that it is virtually impossible to drive while texting without being severely distracted. Not surprisingly, talking on cell phones/texting while driving has become one of the leading causes of traffic accidents.
#1  Speeding and aggressive driving – Many accidents are caused by drivers speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and tailgating because they are late for work or for an appointment and need to make up time. Other speeders and overly aggressively drivers are simply impatient. Take a breath and calm down.  Isn’t it better to arrive a few minutes late than never at all?
This should serve as a reminder to all of us to drive safely and defensively, always looking for unexpected hazards or events. However, if you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence or fault of another, call a personal injury attorney.  Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain.

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