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What Are Three Main Causes of Car Accidents?

On Behalf of | May 13, 2021 | Car Accidents, Distracted Driving Accidents, Drunk Driving Accidents

In North Carolina, car accident claims follow an at-fault system that allows you to hold someone else accountable when they cause a crash and subsequent injuries. Because of this, proving causation is an instrumental part of showing liability.

Causation can be complicated, but you can look for specific signs after the crash when you know some of the significant causes of car accidents. Below, we’ll explain three leading causes of collisions and what you can do to protect your rights.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving occurs in three different ways: cognitive, manual, and visual.

  • A cognitive distraction keeps your mind and focus off driving.
  • A manual distraction causes the driver to remove a hand from the steering wheel.
  • A visual distraction causes the driver to look away from the road (e.g., looking at passengers).

When people think of distracted driving, most immediately think of texting and driving, which create all three forms of distractions.

Drunk Driving

We know how alcohol impacts a person: impaired vision and decision-making, issues with depth perception, and more. Unfortunately, when someone consumes alcohol and decides to drive, they may swerve between lanes, brake erratically, and create numerous dangers on the road.


Even though most roads and highways have posted speed limits, not all drivers abide by the laws. They drive much faster than they should, creating potential hazards. Someone who is speeding may not have the time to stop when approaching traffic, and it may be easier to lose control. Unfortunately, speeding causes countless accidents each year.

If someone causes you harm in a negligence-related crash, our Wilmington car accident lawyers are here to help. At David & Associates, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we handle everything from start to finish. Let us be your guide through complex legal matters to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.

Call our firm today at 910-208-0535. We offer free consultations to give you answers when you need them most.