Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in California

Author: Mesriani Law Group
Posted on: August 20, 2020

Numerous reckless drivers fail to adhere to safety laws resulting in the unfortunate deaths of drivers and passengers. Drivers need to understand not only the safety laws that are in place but the potentially fatal risks if those laws are not adhered to. But even if you are a safe driver, you can never predict how other drivers will behave.

There are many causes of car accidents but some of the most common causes include: 

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a prevalent issue throughout California. Drivers are easily distracted by calls, texts, or other messages from their phones. But distracted driving isn’t only cell phone related. Any time a driver takes his eyes from the road ahead or hands off the steering wheel, it’s considered distracted driving.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, distracted driving is dangerous because drivers are three times as likely to get into a car crash.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence can be fatal because it greatly impairs a driver’s ability to concentrate or make a good judgment on the road.

Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 VC, it is illegal for a person to drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of either. In California, the legal threshold for a blood-alcohol level is 0.08 – meaning that any amount higher is considered illegal.

The California Office of Traffic Safety reported 1,069 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2018 (meaning the crash involved a driver with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher). It was also reported that 42% of drivers killed in car accidents showed positive drug test results.


Speeding is defined as driving a vehicle at a speed greater than the posted speed limit.

Every day, numerous drivers are rushing from one place to another. Whether someone’s late for work or a personal appointment, speeding puts other drivers in very dangerous situations.

In the United States, speeding is the leading contributor to all traffic collisions. The California Office of Traffic Safety reported that 1,056 people in California were killed in a speeding-related car crash in 2016.  That year, the highest number of speeding-related car crashes happened in Los Angeles County.

Reckless Driving

Making illegal U-turns, breaking sharply, driving between the lines, and driving onto oncoming traffic are just a few examples of reckless driving. Drivers who engage in these risky behaviors are not only breaking the law but putting other drivers’ lives at risk.


Driving in the rain is difficult because the road conditions are drastically changed. Wet roads increase the chances for a car to slid and the rain itself reduces visibility. It’s especially ill-advised to speed in the rain because you can’t always see the roads. Unfortunately, there will still be irresponsible drivers on the road speeding or not following the law – even in the rain.

Consult with a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you’re a victim of a car accident, you have the right to claim damages against the party at fault. An experienced car accident lawyer at Mesriani Law Group can help you with your auto accident claims. Contact us today to see how we can help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.