Common Causes of Automobile Accidents

No two automobile accidents are exactly alike, but there are a few common causes for auto accidents. At Kirsch, Gelband & Stone, a leading Newark, NJ automobile accident law firm, we have been practicing auto accident law for years and have worked with and represented thousands of victims in every type of automobile accident.

Likely Causes of Automobile Accidents:

Distracted Drivers

Whether they are talking on their cell phone, changing radio stations or gawking at a traffic accident, distracted drivers are dangerous to all of those on the road. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80% of crashes involve driver distraction. Staying focused on the road is essential to ensuring your safety as well as the safety of those around you.


Speed limits are set based upon the surrounding area. Schools zones and residential areas generally dictate a lower speed limit. It is important to remember that speed limits are set as a safety precaution and should be obeyed at all times.

Fatigued Drivers

Fatigue can impair your motor skills and hinder your response time in an emergency. Make sure you get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is incredibly dangerous. According to MADD there were 12,998 fatalities resulting from drunk driving automobile accidents in 2007 which was roughly 31.7% of all fatal accidents that year.

Inclement Weather

Weather often plays a major role in motor vehicle accidents. Poor visibility and slick conditions can cause a driver to lose control. It is always best to avoid taking to the road when inclement weather is forecast.

When searching for a Newark automobile accident lawyer you are not likely to find any as experienced as Kirsch Gelband and Stone. As New Jersey based automobile accident attorneys, we are well versed with New Jersey auto accident laws and we are ready to take on your case.

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an auto accident, please call the automobile accident attorneys at Kirsch, Gelband & Stone at (973) 623-0100 or use our email contact form.

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