There are many causes of automobile accidents in California; however, the most common factor is driver error. Dangerous habits such as driving while distracted or while under the influence of alcohol are often contributing factors to accidents. Other seemingly more innocent forms of error include drivers not being familiar with local laws and roads. Furthermore, the failure of drivers to properly maintain their vehicles is a common factor.

Error by outside entities is another major factor. For instance, some localities may not properly maintain roads and traffic lights. This can lead to accidents from potholes or roadway confusion. Additionally, design flaws in the automobiles themselves is a major factor in many crashes. Faulty brakes and the failure of various safety features could cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

Unescapable perils are an additional cause. Bad weather can cause poor visibility and driving conditions that increase the chance of major accidents. Furthermore, animals near the roadways are prone to unpredictable behavior. Finally, drivers sometimes have medical emergencies that cause them to lose control.

For those who have been injured or lost loved ones in serious car accidents, determining the cause of the crash is important for liability purposes. If another party, such as another driver, automobile manufacturer or state agency, is at fault, then the injured party may be able to recover some or all of their accident-related damages. Anyone who has been injured in an automobile accident should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine whether there are grounds for a lawsuit.