The 5 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

The 5 Most Common Causes of Car AccidentsAccording to the National Safety Council, 10 million car accidents occur in the United States every year. This means that if you’re an average driver in Florida,you can expect to file a car accident claim once every 18 years, which equates to at least 3-4 car accidents over the course of your lifetime. You can reduce the likelihood of getting into a serious car accident by obeying all traffic laws and taking precautions to avoid the common causes of car accidents.

Distracted Driving

According to the CDC, 1000 crashes a day across the United States are caused by distracted drivers. To avoid a serious and fatal accident, put down your phone while driving and avoid anything that takes your eyes, hands, or concentration off of the road.

Drunk Driving

In 2017, there were 5,125 alcohol-related crashes in Florida alone. These accidents were responsible for 350 fatalities. To avoid a drunk driving accident, never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Always arrange for a sober driver to drive you home or simply use your rideshare app to get home safely.


Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents. In 2017, the NHTSA reported that speeding killed 9,717 people and accounted for more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities that year. Drivers who do not obey posted speed limit signs put themselves and everyone around them in danger.

Reckless Driving

Reckless and aggressive driving is dangerous. To avoid a serious reckless driving accident, always drive carefully and never weave in and out of traffic. If you feel yourself getting aggressive or losing your temper behind the wheel, take some deep breaths or pull over while you gain control of your emotions.

Poor weather

Heavy rain, ice, and high winds all contribute to numerous accidents every year. Even in the sunshine state, torrential downpours or heavy winds cause serious and sometimes fatal accidents, especially when drivers are traveling at high rates of speed. To avoid these accidents, check the weather before leaving for your destination. In addition, always have good all-weather tires on your car with plenty of tread and fresh wiper blades.

Other causes of car accidents include inexperienced drivers, improper turns, running red lights, design defects, and tailgating.

Contact Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers Today

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Tampa or anywhere in the state of Florida, you may need someone on your side from the very moment you are injured. At Armando Personal Injury Law, our Tampa car accident lawyers have been helping injured accident victims in Florida for decades.

We know you need money now to pay for medical bills and lost wages and we can help you obtain maximum compensation, no matter how your accident occurred.

Contact Armando Personal Injury Law at (813) 538-1589 or fill out our confidential contact form. We have offices in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Lakeland, Florida and we offer complete legal assistance every step of the way.


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