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Top 4 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

Being a Texan makes driving less of a privilege and more of a necessity for many people. As one of the largest states, it may take over 12 hours to get from North Texas to the Rio Grande. It can become so monotonous that it seems like second nature. Unfortunately, driving a motor vehicle is an exceptionally dangerous activity and should be treated as such when on the road. Thousands of accidents happen daily. Below are the top four causes of car accidents that are completely preventable.

Distracted Driving

Whether you’re rushing to get to work and putting on make-up in the mirror, or quickly scarfing down a sandwich because you missed lunch, there is no excuse for driving without your full attention on the road. The only true way to ensure safety is to keep all hands unoccupied and on the wheel. Even something as simple as having your music too loud can prevent a driver from hearing a car horn when switching lanes or an ambulance approaching. When completely focused, there is a higher chance of having a successful reaction to any road hazards.


Speeding is the most common cause of all car accidents.  Going too far over the speed limit does not allow for efficient reaction time to abruptly stopped cars or reckless lane switchers. If other cars cannot predict your speed, they may not react accordingly, and accidentally pull out in front of you. t is better to have complete control of your car as often as possible to ensure a smooth ride with others who are sharing the road. Remember, speed kills.

Drunk Driving

According to the CDC, 31% of all traffic related deaths are from drunk driving accidents. Resources are everywhere to provide safe travelling around town and far distances. If you or someone you know has had too much to drink, it is best to stay home or find a ride through a taxi service, a kind friend or relative.

Mobile Phone Use

One of the largest distractions today is our phone, on and off the road. Texting and driving increases the risk of an accident and is easily preventable. The state of Texas has an ongoing campaign to encourage drivers to “Drive now, text later,” and is working to implement state wide laws banning phone use while driving.

Each of these four common causes of accidents are preventable and should be avoided in order to save yourself and those with whom you share the road. Even if you aren’t distracted, someone else may be so it is best to stay alert even when you feel completely in control. If you or someone you know has recently been involved in a car accident, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Tyler, Texas for a free consultation.