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Common Causes of Car Accidents

Auto accidents happen every day and most are caused by driver error. For one reason or another, people take their eyes of the road or stop paying close attention. In those few seconds, two cars can collide leading to injuries or the death of the drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

If you were in a car accident and need to recover from the other driver, you may need to prove what they did wrong. It may not be obvious, like speeding or running a red light. Instead, what they were doing wrong may have occurred in their car, and you will need additional evidence to prove their negligence.

Some common causes of car accidents are:



Moving faster than the posted speed limit is a common cause behind many auto accidents. People might think going 45 mph in a 35 mph zone is not a big deal, but the faster you drive, the less time you have to see an obstacle and avoid it. There is a reason states post speed limits and there is a reason they are not all 60 mph – the faster you go, the harder it is to stop.


Distracted Driving

Many people forget how much concentration it takes to safely drive a car. You need to pay attention to the road, what other cars are doing, and where you place your hands and feet. There is a lot going on when someone drivers, which is why it is foolish to try and do more like eat, drink, or use a cell phone. Even talking to passengers or singing along to the radio can be enough of a distraction to take your mind off the road and lead to an accident.


Fatigued Driving

People who work long hours, suffer from insomnia, or have infants at home are no strangers to getting behind the wheel while tired. Unfortunately, drowsy driving is dangerous. Even if you do not fall asleep behind the wheel, your mind may not be fully engaged and you might not have the attention you need on the road and other cars around you. Being tired can also slow your reaction time once you notice a problem.


Impaired Driving

Getting into the car after drinking or taking drugs is always dangerous. Whether or not you have had enough to blow over a .08 BAC, it does not mean you are sober enough to drive. Drinking small amounts or smoking marijuana can make it difficult for you to concentrate on driving and delay your reaction time.


Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney

If you were hurt by someone else’s poor driving, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you deal with the insurance claims process, and if necessary, sue the party at fault in order to cover your property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.


Call The Law Office Jordan B. Rickards, Esq. at (732) 297-8200 to learn more.

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