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Top Causes of Car Accidents

Whether or not you are personally in one, a victim of one, or road-side onlooker, car accidents can have a shocking aftermath. This can include serious consequences, injury, debt, permanent damage, and even death in a worst case scenario. At Bernstein & Poisson, we are here to help you learn and understand the causes of car accidents and what to do if you are involved in one of these traumatic events. These are the top causes of car accidents:

Talking On The Phone Or Texting

1 out of 4 car accidents in the United states are caused from texting while driving (Source: distracted Driver Accidents). This is the top cause for accidents in the U.S. today. Don’t be a part of this statistic and put your phone away while driving.


Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days. We’ve all seen cars fly by us, weaving in and out of traffic. This reckless driving leads to many accidents. The faster the car, the slower you can react. The speed limit is there for a reason - your safety.


Poor weather conditions can make people feel unsettled behind the wheel. Conditions such as rain can impair vision and cause the car to maneuver in unexpected ways. If the weather is poor, try and wait it out before driving.


Almost anything can become a distraction while driving. Be on the lookout for:

  • Music playing
  • Navigation
  • Passengers - especially children
  • Other Cars
  • Pedestrians walking
  • Stop lights and stop signs

Stay alert and stay focused - don't forget to check your blind spots before changing lanes.

Drunk Driving

In Nevada, 0.08 is the legal BAC limit for driver’s 21 and over. One to two drinks will put you at or over the legal limit. Most people don’t realize they are intoxicated before getting behind the wheel. Our best advice is don’t drink and drive. Hand over your keys to a sober friend or leave them in the hotel room and call a ride share. Rideshares are readily available for you to use at your discretion. It’s not worth endangering the life of yourself and others.

Now that you know the top causes of car accidents, we recommend following this guide and steer clear of getting into a collision yourself. If you have been involved or injured in a car accident, contact the attorneys of Bernstein & Poisson. With 50 years of combined experience on your side, we are ready to defend you at all costs.