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Causes of Car Accidents

Car Accident Causes

Negligent Drivers, Mechanical Failure & More

In car accident injury cases, negligence must be identified in order to file a claim for compensation or in seeking a settlement, judgment or verdict. Negligence can be a failure to pay attention to the safety of others or failure to take reasonable precautions to avoid endangering another. It can also mean a reckless or intentional disregard for the safety of another.

The term "accident" is a bit misapplied when it comes to car crashes, because it implies that no one was at fault. Most car crashes are preventable, and can be traced back to an act of negligence or wrongdoing. Some examples of negligence and wrongdoing that can cause car crashes include drunk driving, auto defects, defective highway design, and driver inattention.

Causes of Car Accidents: Florida Statistics

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles department, the leading cause of fatal and injury crashes in Florida is careless driving, comprising 18.6% of fatal accidents and 39.67% of injury accidents.

Some of the other leading causes of car accidents in Florida, based on FLHSMV statistics, are –

  • Driving under the influence – 14.85% of fatal crashes, 1.81% of injury crashes
  • Failure to yield to the right of way – 11.6% of fatal crashes, 17.32% of injury crashes
  • Speeding (safe speed limit) – 6.61% of fatal crashes, 2.03% of injury crashes
  • Distracted driving - .39% of fatal crashes, 1.23% of injury crashes

Common Reasons for Auto Accidents in Tampa, FL

The actual cause for a car accident may not be immediately evident. A thorough understanding of the science of motor vehicle accidents is crucial to establishing the real cause or causes. Potential causes of car, truck, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents includes:

  • Poor or hazardous road surfaces (obstacles, spills, etc.)
  • Bad weather conditions
  • Auto defect (automobile product liability)
  • Driver intoxication (drugs or alcohol)
  • Mechanical failure
  • Driver medical impairment (eyesight, heart attack, illness)
  • Road rage and aggressive driving
  • Driver distraction (texting, arguing, cell phone, reading)
  • Racing and excessive speed
  • Bad lighting
  • Driver exhaustion or falling asleep

You can learn more about some of the leading causes of car accidents by clicking on the subjects below:

  • Distracted Driving
    When a driver does something other than operating a vehicle, he or she greatly increases the risk of a collision. Distracted driving may be defined as a situation where a driver's visual, manual or cognitive attention is taken away from the road and the act of driving. Texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, eating, drinking, grooming and smoking are examples of common distractions.

  • Driver Negligence
    Most car accidents are caused by negligence or wrongdoing on the part of a driver. Drivers who are distracted, violate traffic laws, drive aggressively or are otherwise careless or irresponsible may cause catastrophic collisions that leave others injured. At our firm, we help victims of auto accidents throughout Tampa who have been injured in collisions caused by negligent drivers. Some of the types of cases we handle include: drunk driving accidents, distracted driving, speeding-related collisions and crashes involving traffic violations.

  • Speeding-Related Accidents
    Speeding is a dangerous act. When a person drives faster than the posted speed limit or drives too fast for current weather, road or traffic conditions, he or she runs the risk of losing control. Maneuverability and braking systems may be affected by speeding, and any resulting collision is likely to be far more serious due to a higher force of impact. About one-third of traffic fatalities occur in speeding-related collisions in the U.S. each year.

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In Florida, compensation for damages depends upon comparative negligence. If an injured driver is 20% negligent then that driver would receive 80% of the compensation amount. Our skilled legal team works to ensure an injured client receives the maximum compensation available. Call Givens Givens Sparks to meet with an aggressive Tampa personal injury lawyer for a case evaluation!

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