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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.

Driver-Related Causes

The vast majority of motor vehicle accidents – including car, truck and 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:

  • Speeding
    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.
  • Drunk Driving
    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.
  • Distracted Driving
    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.

External Causes

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.
  • Hazardous Roadways
    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.
  • Weather Conditions
    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!