Common Causes of Car Accidents
Exploring the Cause of Your Accident
A single accident may have one or more of any of a number of causes: speeding,
poor weather, hazardous road conditions or a distracted driver. Determining
the primary cause of a collision is an important aspect of the legal counsel
provided by the Las Vegas car accident attorneys at Shook & Stone.
If another party was responsible for causing your collision, you may be
able to hold him or her (or a company) legally accountable, seeking financial
compensation for your injuries.
In this portion of our website, you can learn more about the common and
not-so-common causes of car accidents in Nevada and across the U.S. In
addition to shedding light on who may be responsible for your accident,
this may help you get a better understanding of how you can avoid a collision
in the first place. You are also always welcome to contact our offices
for a free case review with an injury lawyer, at which point you can discuss
your individual case and concerns.
Car accident causes can be divided into two primary categories: driver-related
and those caused by external influences.
The vast majority of motor vehicle accidents – including car,
motorcycle collisions – are caused by driver behavior. It may be a teen driver
who is texting behind the wheel, an adult driver who has had one too many
drinks or a suburban mother who is speeding to get her children to school
on time. Whatever the specific circumstances, these can all be traced
to an act or inaction in the part of a driver. Our firm handles
car accident claims related to the following types of driver negligence:
These accidents occur because a driver was exceeding the speed limit or
was driving too fast for current conditions. Speeding not only increases
the likelihood of an accident but also increases the severity of any resulting
collision because the force of impact is magnified.
A driver who has consumed alcohol, even at levels below the legal limit,
may experience difficulty driving safely. Alcohol can impair judgment,
vision, reaction time and physical abilities. Nearly one-third of traffic
fatalities in the U.S. each year involve a drunk driver.
Driving while distracted may be described as doing anything that takes
one's mind away from driving, hands from the wheel or eyes from the
road. Some common distractions include: talking on the phone, texting,
eating, smoking and looking at in-vehicle navigation systems.
Texting While Driving
Considered one of the most dangerous distractions for a driver, texting
can dramatically increase the likelihood of an accident. Texting takes
all three forms of a driver's attention from the road: visual, cognitive
and manual. Our team handles accident claims involving drivers who were
texting at the time of the collision.
Other Traffic Violations
Drivers who commit traffic violations that result in accidents may be
held to blame. Some examples include: following too closely (tailgating),
running a red light,
failing to yield the right of way, driving with broken headlights or taillights and speeding.
Some Las Vegas car accidents are caused by external influences that have
nothing to do with the behavior of the drivers. Others involve a combination
of external causes and driver behavior. The following are examples of
external influences that may cause a collision, with or without the involvement
of driver negligence or wrongdoing:
Defective Auto Parts
When automobile parts are poorly designed or manufactured, they may malfunction.
Brake failure, tire blowouts and unintended acceleration are all examples
of vehicle defects that may cause serious car accidents. Manufacturers
may be held accountable for defective auto parts that cause collisions;
our attorneys are prepared to seek justice on behalf of the injured.
Even the most careful and experienced driver may lose control on a hazardous
roadway. Improperly designed and poorly maintained roads may cause serious
collisions, and when this occurs our firm stands prepared to hold the
municipality or other entity accountable.
Rain, fog, snow and wind may all create dangerous driving conditions.
If drivers do not take appropriate measures to adjust speed or even avoid
driving in heavy weather, serious accidents may result.
Involve a Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer
If you are ready to find out what caused your accident so you can ensure
liability falls on the right shoulders, please call our firm and schedule
a free consultation with one of our legal professionals. With a knowledgeable
injury lawyer to prepare a compelling case that identifies and proves
the cause of your collision, you can seek the best possible result in
your claim. Call today!