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Common causes of motor vehicle accidents

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Personal Injury

Motor vehicle accidents remain an unfortunate reality on New Jersey’s roads, with distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence among the leading culprits. Recent data highlights the prevalence of these preventable factors contributing to crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide each year.

Common causes of accidents

Several factors, from driver behavior to environmental conditions, can contribute to motor vehicle accidents. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Distracted driving: Any activity that diverts the driver’s attention from the road, even for a few seconds, can lead to devastating consequences.
  • Speeding and reckless driving: Excessive speed reduces reaction time and increases the severity of crashes, while reckless maneuvers like tailgating or weaving through traffic put all drivers at risk.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Impaired judgment, slowed reflexes, and reduced coordination from substance use severely hinder a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely.
  • Failure to obey traffic signs: Disregarding the right-of-way or running red lights/stop signs can result in devastating T-bone or head-on collisions.
  • Intense weather conditions (rain, snow, ice): Poor visibility, slick roads, and reduced traction during adverse weather events require extra caution and slower speeds to maintain vehicle control.
  • Vehicle malfunctions or defects: Mechanical issues like brake failure, blown tires, or faulty components can cause drivers to lose control unexpectedly.
  • Fatigue or drowsy driving: Being overly tired slows reaction times and increases the risk of nodding off or losing focus behind the wheel.

These often stem from poor decision-making or a lack of attention on the part of drivers, resulting accidents.

Steps to take after a motor vehicle accident

A severe injury from an accident can affect various aspects of your life. It can impact how you work, cause emotional trauma, increase financial burdens, and potentially disrupt your daily routine.

If you get into an accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Remember to take the necessary steps to file a proper claim, and you may want to consider seeking help from a legal professional to understand your options and protect your interests.