Evaluating Causes of Car Accidents to Determine Fault

A woman using a cellphone while driving a carIf you are involved in an auto accident, the lawyers at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help determine if the accident resulted from another party’s negligence. We are familiar with the most common causes of car accidents and work with clients in the Daytona, FL, area to help them better understand their rights and pursue financial compensation. To learn how the cause of your auto accident can affect your case, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.

the most Common causes of auto accidents

In cases involving auto accidents, it is important to establish fault by showing that an involved party acted negligently. Fault can usually be determined in accidents involving some common factors:


Year after year, speeding continues to be one of the most common causes of car accidentsAs speed increases, so do stopping distances. Additionally, a speeding motorist has less time to react to an incident in front of him or her. 


Operating a motor vehicle is inherently risky. The momentum of a two-ton car traveling at high speeds is tremendous, and can easily cause injury or death when it impacts another vehicle. For this reason, motorists have an obligation to be attentive, alert, and aware at all times.

Use of Controlled Substance

Every day in America, almost 30 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. There are strict laws in place regarding the use of drugs and alcohol while driving because intoxication due to alcohol or drugs can severely impair a person's motor skills and cognitive functions. 

Failure to Yield

All drivers must do everything possible to avoid a crash. Florida law does not specify when a driver has the right-of-way. Instead, the law describes who must yield the right-of-way in various situations. For example, after a complete stop at a stop sign, you must yield the right-of-way to all other traffic and pedestrians.

Failure to Signal

Just as it is important to yield the right of way to fellow motorists, it is also important to alert fellow motorists of your intended actions by using turn signals. Doing so allows other drivers to react in a safe manner.

Texting or Using a Cell Phone

Texting while driving poses a grave risk to other motorists, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists. In fact, distracted driving can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,300 deaths could be attributed to distracted driving in 2012 alone. 

Road Rage

Road rage refers to aggressive driving behaviors where an angry motorist attempts to intentionally injure another driver because of a traffic dispute. An aggressive driver will often react negatively and use his or her vehicle to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers. This makes road rage a serious issue of traffic safety.

Contact Chanfrau & Chanfrau

If you have been involved in an accident, do not fight your legal battles alone. Our attorneys can help determine the cause of your collision and establish liability. Contact our law office today to schedule a consultation.