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Do you know the top causes of crashes?

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2022 | Blog, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Across the board, motor vehicle accident causes remain consistent. While some have shifted, the three highest have remained constant through the past decade.

Even with the advent of smart cars and the advancement of anti-crash technology, human error remains the driving force behind accidents. Take a look at what actions or inactions account for the common causes of car crashes in and around Virginia.

What are the top causes of motor vehicle crashes?

When authorities report to the crash scene, the cause of the accident takes precedence. Since Virginia is a fault-based state, insurance companies want to determine the responsible party.


The leading cause of car crashes is excessive speed. Driving at rates higher than the posted speed limit contributes to crashes where the responsible driver:

  • Fails to avoid an obstacle
  • Cannot stop before striking a car ahead
  • Loses control of the vehicle
  • Strikes a barrier
  • Skids or slides off wet or icy roadways


In recent years, distracted driving has become one of the top reasons drivers cause crashes. While car companies have installed factory equipment to help block out technological temptation and local authorities have implemented phone use limitations, distracted driving has remained an issue. Car technology may itself cause distraction, and drivers cannot always stay away from their phones.


Driving under the influence continues to remain an issue on the roads. Drivers who take to the road after consuming alcohol have reduced reaction time and poor judgment. These drivers may take risks with speed and route and prove more likely to nod off behind the wheel.

Any car crash may prove dangerous and leave drivers and passengers with a lifetime of medical problems.