If you are in a motor vehicle accident, it is critical that you first seek proper medical attention before attending to anything else. Millions of car accidents happen in the United States every year. Many of these collisions injure, and even kill, the drivers and passengers of vehicles involved. In an auto accident, there are many ways in which a person can be injured. Some injuries are due to impact when the body strikes parts of the vehicle. But other serious injuries are caused by the motion of a body inside a vehicle. Recovering from a car accident can be more overwhelming than you ever expected. Some car accident victims start out thinking they can handle their own personal injury claim and quickly learn that it can be a complex matter. Common causes of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Distracted Driving: Any activity that distracts a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. These types of distractions include the use of a hand-held navigation device, cell phone use and texting.

  • Speeding: Driving above the legal limit is a leading cause of car accidents. Further, high impact accidents often result in significant injuries.

  • Following too Closely: Tailgating, especially at high speeds reduces reaction times and often leads to rear-end accidents which are the most common type of motor vehicle accident.

  • Aggressive Driving: Operating a vehicle in a hostile or aggressive manner may include following to closely, failing to signal and repetitive lane changes.