What are the Top 5 Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?

Learning the most common causes of car accidents in the United States may help you to avoid getting into a car accident yourself. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury attorney to learn the most common causes of car accidents, plus, the steps to take after sustaining injuries from one.

What are the top 5 most common causes of car accidents?

The top five most common causes of car accidents are as follows:

  1. Distracted driving
  2. Intoxicated driving
  3. Speeding
  4. Reckless driving
  5. Rain

What steps should I take following a car accident?

It is important to have a plan in mind if you have been injured in a car accident. We understand that it might be overwhelming and stressful at the scene of an accident, but taking the following steps may increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim to recover the compensation you deserve:

  1. Alert the authorities. The police will bring an ambulance and create a safer scene by redirecting traffic if necessary. They will also be able to conduct a police report to document the incident.
  2. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, take photos and videos of the scene of your accident. It is important to include any hazards that played a part in your accident as well as any property or vehicle damage.
  3. Take photos of your injuries.
  4. Collect the other party’s insurance information. Avoid admitting any fault in the accident during this conversation. Keep your interaction with them short and polite.
  5. Collect any witnesses’ contact information including their name, number, and email address.
  6. Seek medical treatment as soon as the ambulance arrives.
  7. Collect all medical documentation relating to your treatment.
  8. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to recover the compensation you require to heal. Your attorney may also be able to obtain further evidence to support your claim including surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations refers to the time period you will have to take legal action against the negligent party who is responsible for your accident. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is generally three years. This means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to file your personal injury claim. It is important to file your claim within this period of time to avoid being barred from suing. The sooner you bring attention to your claim, the better. Give our firm a call today to get started with this process as soon as possible. We would be happy to walk you through the claims filing process.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.