What Causes Motor Vehicle Accidents?


Ever experienced a fender bender? Every driver’s worst fear, perhaps, is an unfortunate reality when on the road: a motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, this type of accident occurs every 60 seconds worldwide.


Nearly 140,000 injury-causing accidents occur just on Canadian roads each year and according to Transport Canada, Ontario alone has a rate of over 475 injuries for every 100,000 residents occurring due to motor vehicle accidents per year.


There are several leading causes of car accidents that include environmental factors, driver errors as well as vehicle-related circumstances. Most motorists know that there are dangers getting behind the wheel, but it is also easy to rely on habit and ego when you are an experienced driver.


Here are the common reasons why car accidents occur: 

  • A vehicle struck another car – 22.7%

  • A vehicle was struck by another car – 22.2%

  • Single-car accident – 7.9%

  • Act of nature – 5.8%

  • Struck parked car or tree – 5.4%

  • Car struck while parked – 5%

  • Struck an animal – 2.4%

  • Hit a pedestrian – 0.4%


In addition to those common reasons, any of these factors can lead to a car crash:

  • Animals crossing

  • Bad weather

  • Blind spots

  • Dangerous or careless driving

  • Driving while distracted

  • Cellphone use

  • Failure to obey traffic signs or signals

  • Failure to yield

  • Following too closely

  • Fatigued drivers

  • Impaired driving

  • Mechanical defects

  • Poor road conditions

  • Speeding

  • Street racing


Getting into a motor vehicle accident can definitely lead to a number of unwanted consequences including loss of earnings, permanent injuries, etc. The big question should be: why not do everything you can to avoid a car accident in the first place?


Some motor vehicle accident causes might seem obvious and a little redundant to experienced drivers, but how about the young or novice drivers as well as senior or fatigued drivers? Learning to drive a vehicle takes many instructional hours behind the wheel, most especially if that driver wants to avoid causing any automobile accident at all costs.


If you or a loved one finds him or herself in an unfortunate motor vehicle accident, the best thing for you to do is seek legal representation immediately. Here at Guzzo Law, we will help you avoid costly mistakes that many people make when dealing with auto insurance companies who are often looking for their own best interests and not yours.


Keep in mind that you only get one settlement for personal injury. You must do everything in your power to maximize your settlement. Call our law office right away at 1.855.905.9222.