Every day, millions of people in California drive to and from work and throughout the state for various reasons. While most people can reach their destinations without issue, car accidents can and do happen every day. It’s natural for any driver in California to wonder what types of accidents are most likely to result in injuries. If you drive in California, knowing the most common causes of car accident injuries is one of the best ways to avoid having these accidents yourself.
The attorneys at Chris and Frank provide comprehensive legal representation to victims of motor vehicle accidents throughout California. We routinely guide clients through complex car accident claims. In almost every case, it is essential to identify the party responsible for causing the crash and prove they were negligent somehow. We have noticed a few common reasons injuries happen from car accidents throughout our years of practicing personal injury law.
Most Commonly Reported Causes of Car Accidents
Car crashes happen for many reasons, and when one driver is clearly to blame for an accident, anyone injured by their actions has the right to file a personal injury claim against them when insurance doesn’t fully cover their losses. Proving fault for an accident is essential for auto insurance and personal injury claims. Some of the most commonly cited causes of car accidents that lead to civil claims in California include:
- Distracted driving. The most often reported cause of all traffic accidents in the US is distracted driving. Whenever a driver’s hands, eyes, and attention are preoccupied with things other than operating their vehicle, they put themselves and every driver around them at risk. Even a few seconds of distraction is sufficient for causing a devastating accident resulting in catastrophic injuries.
- Speeding. Exceeding posted speed limits is one of California’s most commonly cited causes of car accidents. Speeding is dangerous for several reasons. First, the driver may have time to slow down and avoid a collision if they drive at the speed limit. Speeding significantly reduces the window of time in which they can react. Second, speeding is also more likely to result in injuries. When a car hits another car at high speed, the occupants of both vehicles are more likely to suffer injuries due to the intense shift in momentum and crash impact forces at the moment of collision.
- Driving under the influence (DUI). It is illegal for anyone to operate a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances significantly impair judgment, spatial awareness, and reaction time. Some substances may even cause drivers to lose consciousness behind the wheel. If a driver causes an accident because of DUI, they face criminal penalties, including fines, jail time, loss of their driver’s license, and civil liability for victims’ damages.
- Reckless driving. Any driver who engages in reckless driving such as tailgating, aggressive swerving, changing lanes without signaling, and similar actions puts themselves and others at risk. If they cause an accident, they are likely to cause injuries and economic damages to others. If an investigation determines they showed reckless disregard for the safety of others, they are likely to face criminal charges in addition to civil liability for victims’ damages.
Ultimately, any car accident is likely to cause injuries to those involved, but some actions are more likely to result in injuries than others. If you or someone you love recently suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another driver, we can help. The right attorney can help you hold the at-fault driver accountable and secure compensation for your damages.
Q: How Many Car Accidents Happen Every Year in California?
A: California consistently reports nearly 200,000 traffic accidents per year, the majority of which result in injuries. Roughly 3,500 people died in car accidents in 2021 alone. California consistently ranks among the top states for car accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Q: What Is the Most Common Reason for Car Crashes in California?
A: The leading cause of all car accidents in the United States is distracted driving, followed closely by speeding and DUI. California consistently reports some of the highest rates of all three types of accidents. If you are unsure how to prove fault for a car accident, it is essential to speak with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Q: What Is the Leading Cause of Injury in Traffic Collisions in California?
A: While accidents happen for many reasons, speeding is most likely to result in injuries and deaths. Cars moving at high speeds will impact other vehicles with much more force than they would at lower speeds. These intense crash impact forces are highly likely to result in devastating injuries.
Q: What Is the Most Common Injury Reported from Car Accidents?
A: Soft tissue injuries, including injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, are the most commonly reported vehicle accident injuries. Crash impact forces exert extreme pressure on soft tissues, especially those in the back, neck, and shoulders. For example, “whiplash” is a commonly reported condition resulting from the head and neck quickly snapping back and forth from a crash impact.
Ultimately, any car accident is likely to be damaging. If you believe another driver caused your recent accident, call our office. An experienced attorney can offer options for legal recourse against the at-fault driver.
California law requires all drivers to carry auto insurance, but a negligent driver’s policy may not offer enough coverage to fully compensate a victim of an accident they caused. Whatever your recent accident entails, the right attorney can not only help you navigate your auto insurance claim but also help you compile a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. If you are ready to take legal action following a car accident in California, the attorneys at Chris and Frank are ready to represent you. Contact us today to schedule a case evaluation and learn more about the legal services we can provide.