Top Five Reasons for Car Accidents in the U.S.

Motor vehicle accidents occur daily in the United States by the hundreds. In 2015, there were more than 35,000 deaths related to accidents, and each day 6,700 people are injured, and 96 die. Sadly, a vast majority of these accidents are preventable and often result from acts of negligence. Here are five preventable reasons for car accidents.

Top 5 Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents That are Preventable

Just because you are the world’s most cautious driver does not mean that everyone else on the road will be the same. Most of the time, careful drivers are the victims of other reckless driver acts.

1. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is more of a threat than drunken driving. There is no excuse for distracted driving either. Therefore, motorists need to put down their phones, stop playing with the radio, and pay attention to the road ahead.

2. Speeding

Speed limits are designed to keep everyone on the road safe. Anyone that chooses to speed is not only breaking the law but acting negligently.

3. Drunken Driving

Despite the numerous awareness campaigns launched nationwide, drunk drivers continue to cause dangerous, if not fatal, accidents each day on the road.

4. Reckless Driving

Whether it is changing lanes too quickly, speeding well above the limit, tailgating, running red lights, or acting aggressively, reckless drivers cause catastrophic incidents on the road daily in the U.S.

5. Defective Tires

Tire defects are a threat to motorist safety. The Goodyear tire lawsuit is just one of the many lawsuits that manufacturers have faced over the past few years. When a manufacturer knowingly distributes an unsafe product, they are held liable for any accidents and injuries that result from those products. Other times, an installation defect might be the cause of a defective tire – such as tires that are not mounted and balanced as they should be.

How an Attorney Can Help

After an accident, whether from a reckless driver or a defective tire, you have options for compensation. Sometimes you will have a claim against the driver via a personal injury lawsuit. Other times, it is a matter of product liability.

Regardless, you must seek legal representation. The attorneys from Udall Shumway, PLC can assist you with your case. During your initial consultation, we will look at the evidence to help determine fault, then seek damages that cover your medical costs, lost wages, and other financial burdens that were the direct result of your injuries.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Reasons for Car Accidents, or any other personal injury, please feel free to contact Brian T. Allen at  480.461.5335,  log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.