Most Common Causes of Car Accidents

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Car accidents are a huge concern in the United States – especially in the state of Florida. There are more deadly car crashes happening each year and while they may be referred to as “accidents” some are completely preventable.

Victims of these accidents will suffer from numerous losses – including medical costs and property damage. But, yet they are left to deal with the insurance companies who question every little thing – even though they didn’t cause the accident.
Causes of Car Accidents

At Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton P.A., we will work with the insurance adjusters so that you can recover from your accident’s injuries.

We understand that while there is an accident, there is usually someone who was acting negligently and caused that accident. And, that individual, company or group owes you compensation for the damages they caused.

What are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?

An accident can happen at any time and for any reason. But, some of the more common causes for accidents seen in Florida include:

Distracted Driving

This is one of the highest causes of car accidents in the entire country and beats out speeding and drunk driving when it comes to severity. A distracted driver is someone who takes their eyes away from the road, which can include:

  • Texting
  • Talking
  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Reaching for something
  • Turning to talk
  • Reading
  • Talking on the phone
  • Using a GPS
  • Adjusting the radio

There is a speed limit posted for a reason, but many drivers choose to drive above it. Speeding can be deadly – and if someone is speeding excessively, they can cause fatal accidents.

A speed limit is set for the sole purpose of deciding the safest maximum speed for that particular roadway. If a person chooses to go over that speed, then they are acting negligently.

Drunken Driving or Driving Under the Influence
Alcohol is responsible for over 40 percent of auto accident injuries. When a person drinks or drives while under the influence, they lose their ability to focus and react appropriately.

Just some of the reasons drunken drivers cause accidents are because:

  • They veer out of their lane
  • They have limited judgement and reaction times
  • They fall asleep
  • They speed or drive too slow

Reckless Driving
Reckless drivers can also cause serious injuries as well as fatalities. Any time a driver endangers the lives and safety of others, they can be considered reckless drivers. This can include:

  • Drinking and driving
  • Tailgating
  • Road rage
  • Racing
  • Weaving
  • Speeding

Florida is definitely known for the wind and rain storms that can come through. When weather hits, the road conditions can change rapidly.

While weather and accidents are not necessarily acts of negligence, when someone chooses to speed or drive unsafely in poor weather, they could be held liable for injuries.

Failing to Obey the Rules of the Road
When someone chooses to not obey the rules of the road, they are negligent. This can include:

  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Speeding
  • Turning at a red light
  • Failing to yield

Design Defects
Vehicles are supposed to be safe for the consumer, but unfortunately there are numerous vehicles on the road that may have defective components. Whether it is from questionable repair work or a manufacturing error, these accidents can be devastating.

The Team of Car Accident Lawyers at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. in Jacksonville are Ready for Your Accident Claim

If you have been involved in a car accident, you need to focus on your recovery – not worrying about paperwork. Hire an experienced car accident injury attorney Jacksonville to protect your rights.

The team at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P. A. are experienced in auto accident injuries and we can help you avoid getting a low ball settlement from insurance adjusters.

Most companies are only out for their best interests and bottom line, but we are here to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

If you weren’t at fault and someone was negligent, do not suffer because of them; instead, contact the experienced car accident attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. today for a free consultation.

There is no obligation to hire us even after you meet with us and you do not pay our attorneys a fee unless we win your case.


Do You Have a Case? What are you waiting for? Call Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. to evaluate your case at no cost today.

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