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Common Causes of Car Accidents & Who's At Fault

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Car accidents can be devastating, leading to severe injuries, property damage, and even death. While it's impossible to prevent all accidents, understanding the common causes of car accidents and who is at fault can help you stay safe on the road.

1. Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. This includes texting, talking on the phone, eating, and other activities that take your attention away from the road. If you're involved in an accident caused by distracted driving, the distracted driver is usually considered at fault.

2. Speeding

Another common cause of car accidents is speeding. When drivers exceed the speed limit, they have less time to react to unexpected situations, making accidents more likely. If you're involved in an accident caused by speeding, the driver who was speeding is usually considered at fault.

3. Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense that can lead to accidents. If you're involved in an accident caused by a driver under the influence, they are usually considered at fault.

4. Reckless Driving

Reckless driving includes behaviors such as weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and failing to yield the right of way. If you're involved in an accident caused by reckless driving, the driver driving recklessly is usually considered at fault.

5. Poor Weather Conditions

Poor weather conditions such as rain, snow, and ice can make driving more challenging. If you're involved in an accident caused by poor weather conditions, fault may be difficult to determine. However, if drivers were driving too fast for the conditions, they may be considered at fault.

Harrisonburg Car Accident Attorneys

If you've been involved in an accident and need legal assistance, contact Obenshain Law Group today for a free consultation. We're here to help you get the compensation you deserve.