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Causes of Car Accidents

In 2011, there were over 100,000 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Car accidents in Arizona can have devastating effects for all parties involved. Oftentimes, auto accidents are unavoidable; however, if you are familiar with the causes of car accidents, you may be able to evade a potentially fatal situation.

If you or a love one has sustained an injury in a Phoenix car accident due to the negligence of another, you may be able to receive compensation for your losses.

For additional information about auto accident claims, fill out the free case review form on this page.

Distracted Driving

One of the leading causes of auto accidents in the U.S. is distracted driving. Distracted driving is any activity that can divert a drivers attention away from driving. This can also include drivers who are talking or texting on a cell phone while driving, changing the radio station or adjusting the dials on a CD or MP3 player, eating food or drinking beverages, or grooming.

Driver Fatigue

Every year, approximately 100,000 motor vehicle accidents are caused by drowsy drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of drowsy driving accidents take place between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Signs of driver fatigue include: yawning frequently, misjudging traffic situations, drifting in and out of lanes and feeling fidgety or irritable. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should stop driving and pull over to a safe location.

Excessive Speeding

According to AAA, speeding is the cause of 13 percent of car accidents. Driving above the posted speed limit increases a motorists chance of being in an accident, because there is less time and distance to respond.

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol

Drivers under the influence of alcohol and narcotics cause thousands of car accidents every year. Drugs and alcoholic beverages impair a drivers ability to focus and react quickly to situations on the road. Using a designated driver can prevent these types of accidents from occurring.


Inclement weather such as heavy rain, dense fog, snow, hail and high winds can make driving very difficult. When you experience adverse weather conditions while driving, it is important to decrease your speed and leave extra room between you and the motor vehicle in front of you.

Vehicle Failure

Auto accidents can be caused by defective or malfunctioning car parts. It is imperative for drivers to have routine maintenance performed on their vehicles. During these inspections mechanics can make sure that everything is working properly.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is when drivers commit a combination of traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property. The laws for aggressive driving vary by state.

Contact an Arizona Lawyer

If you have been involved in an Arizona car accident, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for property damage, medical expenses and lost wages. Contact the car accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group to discuss your legal options.

For a free case review, fill out the contact form on this page.

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