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Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents, big and small, happen every single day in Pennsylvania. Most of the time, everyone walks away from them, calls their insurance company, and goes on with their lives. Sometimes, car accidents are much more serious, and the lives of those involved are changed forever. Still, no matter how bad the injuries are in car accidents, there are some very common causes for them.

Four of the most common causes for car accidents include:


Nearly everyone has sped at one time or another. On flat, open highways it can be very tempting. However, people speed for other reasons, too. Sometimes the speeding driver thinks they can beat a red light, beat a train, or get past a large truck. Oftentimes they’re successful, but sometimes they’re involved in horrific car accidents caused by excessive speed.

Driver Inattention

Playing with the radio or iPod, eating or drinking, focusing on other passengers instead of the road, and now the ubiquitous cell phone with texting, all keep drivers from being attentive. More and more car accidents are caused by drivers who are busy reading or sending texts than ever before. As a result, there are more accidents caused by inattentive drivers these days. Many of them are teenagers or young adults.

Driver Inexperience

States have passed laws to cut down on inexperienced drivers causing accidents. Graduated licenses and strict enforcement about who can and cannot be in the vehicle are supposed to help. Sadly, every week there is a story in the news about a car accident with serious injuries or death caused by inexperienced drivers. These drivers often speed, are inattentive, and don’t necessarily see driving as the privilege it is. Unfortunately, it is usually an innocent bystander or driver that pays the price.


Driving under the influence is a serious crime in every state, punishable by large fines and possible jail time. All too often, there are drivers who are under the influence who cause an accident. Thousands of people area injured and killed every year because of this preventable activity. No matter how many times people hear the message that they should not drink and drive, the often believe they’re fine. As with inexperienced drivers, it is most often the innocent who are injured.

Car accidents happen so fast that it can be difficult or impossible to avoid them. Cars have many safety features and are built very well these days. However, the best way to avoid being injured in a car accident is to wear your seatbelt.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Philadelphia or Lancaster, Pennsylvania, or anywhere else in the state of Pennsylvania, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Atlee Hall, LLP today.