Common Causes of Car Accidents

Contact a Goldsboro Personal Injury Attorney if you've been injured in a car accident.

Most car accidents could be avoided if everyone approached driving as a serious activity that requires full attention. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to put safety first when they get behind the wheel, and serious car accidents often result.


There are many different specific causes of car accidents, but most of them fall into one general category – driver error. If you have been hurt in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence in Goldsboro or elsewhere in North Carolina, you may be entitled to significant compensation.


Your health and wellbeing – physically, emotionally and financially – are the primary concerns of the car accident lawyers at Strickland Agner Pittman.


Find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve after a car accident in North Carolina, whatever the cause. Call us now or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation that comes with no strings attached.


Dangerous Driving Behaviors


  • Distracted driving: Activities such as talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, adjusting in-vehicle systems, putting on makeup, shaving or interacting with passengers are often the underlying situation that leads to a car accident. Whether a driver is involved in a minor distraction or just daydreaming, these distractions are a common cause of serious auto accidents in North Carolina.


  • Alcohol or drug-impaired driving: It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or above. The BAC of a driver may even be below the legal limit, but the driver may still be impaired to the degree of being dangerous to those who share the road. A young person can be very affected by just one drink. A person who takes sedatives, tranquilizers or allergy medicine may have reduced or impaired judgment. Using illegal drugs can lead to hallucinations, slowed reaction time and limited physical control. Any drug or alcohol consumption could lead to a tragic accident that could have been avoided had the impaired person not made the decision to get behind the wheel.


  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions: This driving behavior is by far responsible for the largest number of fatal car accidents. Some drivers recklessly exceed the speed limit, drive aggressively and are then unable to control their vehicles. Some drive too fast in hazardous conditions such as heavy rainfall, snowy roads or heavy fog. Traveling too fast can be catastrophic under certain circumstances. The posted speed limits are for ideal conditions, but drivers are expected to slow down in dangerous conditions.


  • Driver fatigue: Drowsy driving has been identified as one of the most dangerous of all driving behaviors, according to a recent study. Shift workers, parents of young children, those who have trouble sleeping or just didn’t get adequate sleep endanger others when operating a vehicle. A lack of sleep can be as dangerous as consuming alcohol with regard to reaction time and judgment.


  • Failure to yield right-of-way: In many instances drivers do not respect other motorists’ right-of-way. In making a left turn, oncoming cars must be allowed to pass before you turn left. Cars entering the freeway must enter safely as the flowing traffic has the right of way. Allow pedestrians to finish crossing even after the light turns red. A truck may be traveling at a proper speed limit, yet cutting in front of it suddenly may cause the driver to slam on the brakes, leading to a jackknife. Common sense is as important as following traffic laws.


  • Inexperienced teen drivers: Teenagers are our future, but they may also be the greatest threat on the road. There are many reports of teens driving while intoxicated with tragic outcomes. The judgment of a teenager may not have developed to the point of being able to consider all the consequences of speeding, impaired driving or taking risks on the road. Distractions and road or weather conditions can throw them off. Lack of experience in dealing with sudden traffic hazards also contributes to the number of auto accidents involving teen drivers.


Get the Help You Need Now from a Goldsboro Personal Injury Lawyer


There are many aspects to investigating an accident to determine its true cause. Strickland Agner Pittman often works with investigators to inspect the accident site for evidence left by the vehicles, such as skid marks, distance traveled or timing of traffic lights. Investigators may also subpoena phone records to prove a driver was using a cell phone at the time of the collision. Our investigators often review the scene and inspect the vehicles for damage, looking for paint transfer, impact points and the condition of the vehicles after the accident.


We may also obtain police reports for evidence of intoxication, distracted driving, fatigued driving or other types of negligence. Police reports may contain data about failure to properly merge or yield right-of-way. We find out if the person was working at the time, and any other relevant information that could indicate negligent driving, including locating and interviewing witnesses.


Do not take chances with a serious accident. Let us carry out a thorough investigation. Armed with all the facts, we can increase the chances of getting a fair car accident settlement. Let us get to work for you.


Contact us now for a free claim review and discussion of your legal options.