Common Causes of Car Accidents

Distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents. Drivers don’t see a developing situation in time to react because they are distracted by talking or texting on their phones, eating, grooming or applying makeup, or looking for some elusive item in their car.

Speed and aggressive driving are also common causes of car accidents. Drivers lose control after aggressive maneuvering, taking a corner too fast, or not slowing for water on the road. Car crashes can also result when a motorist can’t react in time to an approaching automobile or other hazard because of driving too fast.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 40% of auto accidents are rear-end collisions. These type of accidents result from a driver following too close or inattention. A rolling right turn on a red light, where a driver is concerned about traffic coming from the left and may not see a pedestrian or bicyclist to his right as he is turning, is another common type of auto accident. Falling asleep at the wheel is another cause of automobile accidents.

Drunk driving is a perennial cause of car crashes. In additional to alcohol, many types of medications, both legal and illegal, may impair a driver’s ability to operate an automobile, either on their own, or in combination with another medication or with alcohol.

Typical Injuries in Car Accidents

In a head-on collision, the occupants of the vehicle typically suffer chest and lower limb injuries, such as injuries to the knees from striking the dashboard. T-bone collisions can cause serious injuries at relatively low speeds, because of the side-to-side movement of the occupants. Rollover collisions can cause injuries to the head, arms and chest. The most common injury from a rear-end collision is whiplash.  Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headache, shoulder pain and stiffness, arm pain, and back pain.

Vancouver WA Car Accident Lawyers

Our car accident lawyers and staff have years of experience handling personal injury claims arising out of car accidents. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (360) 694-4344 or for a free consultation.