Common Causes of Car Accident Injuries

September 23, 2013

Car Accidents

causes of car accidentsThe National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration reported in 2011 there were 29,757 fatal traffic incidents. Traffic accidents often cause injury that can be serious. The causes of car accident injuries can be broken down into six basic categories.

Unsafe driving practices

The safest thing to do when encountering a dangerous driver is to stay out of harm’s way. Keep a cautious distance away and report them to law enforcement officials as soon as it is safe to do so. Some unsafe practices include:

  • Distracted driving

  • Speeding

  • Impaired driving

  • Reckless driving

  • Inexperienced driving

  • Ignoring traffic signals and signs

  • Unsafe lane changes

  • Improper turns

  • Tailgating

  • Going the wrong direction

  • Road rage


Weather-related events are situations a driver can be aware of in advance. Be aware of:

  • Ice

  • Snow

  • Fog

  • Rain

  • Night driving

Mechanical difficulties

Maintaining your automobile can help in preventing mechanical breakdowns while driving.

Road conditions

Many states inform citizens of road construction locations and times ahead of time. Awareness of road conditions and traffic flow will help avoid accidents.

Physical condition

A driver can improve safety by ensuring they are not tired or ill when driving. Plan for frequent stops on long trips and identify opportunities to rest ahead of time.

Pedestrians and animals crossing at unexpected places

Children, pets, wild animals and even adults can suddenly dart out in front of cars. Staying alert and aware of your surroundings can help you remain prepared for unexpected encounters.

If You’ve Been Injured, Contact Us Today

Should Florida residents be the victim of a traffic collision, they may wish to contact a Florida car accident lawyer for advice. Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today at (813)-321-5757 for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.