Top Causes of Auto Accidents

Sacramento Car Accident Lawyers

There are multiple variables that can cause auto accidents. However, the following factors contribute to the highest number of accidents:

  • Following Too Close: California Motor Vehicle Code (CVC) 21703 (a) requires you to follow the vehicle in front of you at a distance that allows you to stop, no matter how quickly that vehicle stops. A safe distance for following another vehicle varies depending on various factors including vehicle speed, weather, visibility and other road conditions. However, the three-second rule may help you judge this distance: if the vehicle in front of you passes an object, there should be a three second period before you pass that same object. Driving too closely behind another vehicle, or tailgating, eliminates the safe distance needed to avoid an accident. Motorists who are complacent and do not allow for sufficient stopping distances can cause rear-end collisions.
  • Failing to Obey Traffic Laws: Behaviors that can cause serious car accidents include making illegal U-turns, failing to stop at stop signs or stop for red signal lights. California law doubles the fine for red light violations.
  • Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (DUI): In the recent year, drunk driving fatalities represent approximately 29% of all total traffic deaths. Not only is this astonishing but also unacceptable. On September 28, 2015, Governor Brown approved a bill requiring interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in four counties in California – Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare.
  • Speeding: Speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents in California. Driving in excess of the posted speed limit, or at any unsafe speed, reduces reaction time. Speed increases the likelihood that a crash will be catastrophic or fatal.
  • Left Turns: The most common cause of car accidents, after rear-end collisions, is the failure of a motorist turning left to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. According to CVC 21801 (a), a driver must continue to yield the right-of-way to approaching vehicles until the turn can be made with reasonable safety.

Other leading causes of accidents include poor road conditions, manufacturer defects, and distracted driving. The National Safety Council estimates that 21% of all crashes in the United States involve cell phone use.

If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident, caused by another party’s negligence, you should contact our experienced personal injury lawyers to help protect your legal rights.

Call (916) 520-6639 for a free consultation, and find out how we can help you. We are ready to listen to your concerns and offer our guidance.

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