Most people hit the road at some point during their day. Whether you need to commute to work or just head out to the grocery store, you likely do not think twice about jumping in your vehicle, buckling up and heading out.

While driving is a common activity that you and many other people participate in, car accidents are also common. Though each incident may differ, many crashes take place due to one or more of several often-seen causes. Unfortunately, any of these factors could lead to an accident that leaves you seriously injured.

Common factors in accidents

If you are involved in a car accident with any of the following causes involved, you may find yourself amongst a large group of people who have also been affected by these factors:

  • Drunk driving: Despite the warnings, many people continue to drink alcohol then drive, causing numerous — often fatal — accidents every year.
  • Running red lights: Some people may be in a hurry and think they can save some time by beating the red light. However, this action causes many serious crashes.
  • Distraction: Too many drivers find themselves not paying attention to the road because an object, conversation or thought has distracted them.
  • Tailgating: Individuals may drive aggressively and follow the vehicle in front of them too closely. Tailgating can quickly result in a crash if a vehicle has to stop suddenly.
  • Speeding: Again, people in a hurry or those who simply like to travel fast may break the law to get to their destinations by going over the speed limit. These drivers could easily lose control or otherwise cause a crash due to their speed.
  • Weather conditions: Rain is a common weather condition that contributes to accidents. Drivers do not always reduce speed or take slippery roads into account, and trying to drive as usual can prove dangerous.

These factors are only a few of the many that commonly contribute to serious crashes. It is important to review the details of any crash you are involved in as that information could prove vital later.

Personal injury claims

Because serious crashes often lead to serious injuries, you may wonder how you will pay for the necessary medical attention you receive. If another driver caused the accident that led to your injuries, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim against that person. Information on taking this type of action in Pennsylvania may help you determine whether it may suit your needs.