Why Do Car Accidents Happen?

Discover common causes of car accidents and how to prevent them.

Car accidents can occur for a myriad of reasons, each contributing to the overall risk on the road. Understanding these causes is crucial for both prevention and legal analysis. This detailed guide will explore the most common reasons for car accidents and provide insights into steps you can take following an incident. If you need assistance from a legal professional, the experienced team at Ehrlich and Naparstek is here to help.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents. Activities such as texting, eating, or using a GPS while driving can significantly divert your attention from the road. Even a brief moment of distraction can lead to devastating consequences. To stay safe, always keep your focus on driving and avoid multitasking.


Exceeding the speed limit is another major factor contributing to car accidents. Speeding reduces the time you have to react to unexpected situations and increases the severity of collisions. Adhering to speed limits is essential for your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs your judgment, coordination, and reaction time. This dangerous behavior can easily lead to accidents. If you have consumed any substances that could impair your driving ability, it is best to find an alternative way to get to your destination.

Weather Conditions

Adverse weather conditions, such as rain, fog, and ice, can create hazardous driving environments. These conditions often reduce visibility and traction, making it more challenging to control your vehicle. It is important to adjust your driving speed and behavior to match the current weather conditions.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving, which includes aggressive behaviors like tailgating, weaving through traffic, and road rage, is a significant cause of accidents. Such behaviors increase the likelihood of collisions and put everyone on the road at risk. Always practice patience and courteous driving to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Steps to Take After a Car Accident

If you are involved in a car accident, it is crucial to follow these steps:

  1. Ensure Safety: Move to a safe location if possible and check for injuries.
  2. Contact Authorities: Call the police to report the accident.
  3. Exchange Information: Collect contact and insurance information from the other parties involved.
  4. Document the Scene: Take photos and gather witness statements if available.
  5. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you feel fine, it is important to get a medical evaluation.
  6. Contact a Lawyer: Reach out to a personal injury lawyer for legal guidance.

For legal assistance, contact the experts at Ehrlich and Naparstek. We offer comprehensive legal services to help you navigate the aftermath of a car accident.

Contact Us

Ehrlich and Naparstek is dedicated to providing exceptional legal support for car accident victims. We serve various areas in Florida, as detailed on our Florida Areas Served page. For personalized legal assistance, reach out to us at:

  • Stuart Office: (772) 842-8822, Office Location
  • West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach Offices: (561) 687-1717, Office Location
  • Office Address: 1330 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994

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Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about personal injury cases from Ehrlich & Naparstek Personal Injury Lawyers. Learn about your legal rights, the claims process, and how to handle insurance companies effectively.

What is product liability in Florida?

Product liability refers to the legal responsibility of manufacturers, distributors, and sellers to ensure that products are safe for consumers. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

What types of product defects can lead to a liability claim?

Liability claims can arise from manufacturing defects, design defects, and failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions. Learn more at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Who can be held liable in a product liability case?

Manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers can all be held liable for defective products. For details, see the Florida Bar's Consumer Pamphlet: Product Liability.

What must be proven in a product liability case?

Plaintiffs must prove that the product was defective, the defect caused the injury, and the product was used as intended. Visit the Florida Courts for more information.

How long do I have to file a product liability claim in Florida?

The statute of limitations for product liability claims in Florida is four years from the date of injury. Refer to Florida Statutes Section 95.11 for more details.

What are some common examples of product liability cases?

Common examples include defective medical devices, unsafe drugs, malfunctioning machinery, and dangerous consumer products. Check the FDA's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts for recent cases.

Can I still file a claim if I was partially at fault for my injury?

Yes, Florida follows a comparative negligence rule, which means you can recover damages even if you were partially at fault. For more information, see Florida Statutes Section 768.81.

What should I do if I am injured by a defective product?

Seek medical attention, preserve the product, document your injuries, and contact a lawyer. For safety tips, visit the CPSC's Safety Education Center.

How do I report a defective product in Florida?

Report defective products to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and for state-specific issues, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Can I join a class action lawsuit for a defective product?

Yes, if the product has injured many people, you might join a class action lawsuit. Learn more about class actions at the Florida Bar.

What is strict liability in product liability cases?

Strict liability holds manufacturers and sellers liable for defective products regardless of fault or intent. See Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute for a detailed explanation.

What should I do if I am injured by a defective product?

Seek medical attention, preserve the product, document your injuries, and contact a lawyer. For safety tips, visit the CPSC's Safety Education Center.

How do I report a defective product in Florida?

Report defective products to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and for state-specific issues, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

What are some defenses in a product liability case?

Common defenses include product misuse, alteration, and assumption of risk. For legal strategies, consult the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

How can Ehrlich & Naparstek help with my product liability case?

Ehrlich & Naparstek can provide expert legal representation to help you navigate your product liability claim and maximize your compensation. Contact us 24/7 at (772) 842-8822 (Stuart) or (561) 687-1717 (West Palm Beach) to schedule an appointment. Visit our office at 1330 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, FL 34994.



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