What Causes Car Wrecks?


Motor vehicle wrecks all trace back to a few common causes: driver mistakes (such as driver inattention and distracted driving), equipment failure, or poor roadway design and maintenance. Over 95% of all car crashes are caused by issues with the way drivers operate their vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reports on the Most Common Causes of Wrecks
The NHTSA tracks car accident data and compiles regular reports on the frequency of wrecks, severity of collisions and the cause of wrecks. Of the top six causes of crashes in NHTSA reports, five are direct issues with the way people behave behind the wheel, and the last reason is an indirect result of poor driving. The six most common causes of wrecks, according to NHTSA reports, are:

  • Distracted Drivers
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Drunk Driving
  • Speeding
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Weather

In the first five situations, the driver issues are obvious; drivers not behaving in a responsible manner that promotes safety on the roads. Even in weather-related accidents, poor driver operation is primary cause of those collisions. If drivers take enough care on things like snow, ice and even rain-slick roads, crashes would be drastically reduced.

Cars Don’t Cause Wrecks; People Cause Wrecks
If you’re injured in a car wreck due to driver negligence, you very well may be eligible to pursue a civil case against them. At the very least, their insurance policy should pay for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, as well as you property damages. You may even be eligible for additional compensation, depending on the circumstances.

Contact the Anderson Law Firm to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney if you’ve been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident. All initial consultations are free and we never get paid until we win the case for our clients.