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By Pejman Javaheri
Founding Partner

California car accidents are an unfortunate reality that many residents and visitors face on a daily basis. Given the state’s considerable population, various driving conditions, and extensive roadways, it is essential for drivers to be conscious of what contributes to these accidents. 

In this post, our experienced Los Angeles car accident attorneys discuss the top 10 causes of car accidents in California and provide valuable insights to help you stay safe on the road. 

1. Distracted Driving: The Silent Peril 

Car accidents occur frequently in California, and distracted driving is often the cause. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed over 3,500 lives in 2021 alone. Negligent behaviors such as texting, eating, conversing with passengers, or reaching for objects inside the vehicle can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities.

Law enforcement agencies such as the California Highway Patrol work tirelessly to reduce traffic deaths and injuries. However, despite their efforts, traffic crashes continue to happen.

2. Speeding: The Need for Speed…or Not?

Ever noticed how tempting it is to push the pedal to the metal when running late? Speeding might shave a few minutes off your commute, but it could also lead to an accident. It’s the second leading cause of car accidents, a stark reminder that it’s better to be safe than sorry. 

3. Drunk Driving: A Risky Cocktail 

Alcohol and driving mix about as well as oil and water. Impaired drivers pose a significant risk not only to themselves but also to others on the road. 

4. Reckless Driving: A Recipe for Disaster

Ever witnessed a driver change lanes without signaling or tailgate the car in front? Reckless driving creates a dangerous situation for everyone on the road and is a major contributor to car accidents. 

5. Weather Conditions: Mother Nature’s Curveball 

Imagine driving through torrential rain or dense fog, your wipers furiously trying to keep your windshield clear. Treacherous weather conditions can quickly escalate the risk of an accident. 

6. Running Red Lights: A Dangerous Gamble 

Ever made that risky decision to speed through a changing traffic light? Running red lights or stop signs is not just a violation of traffic rules; it’s a common cause of collisions. 

7. Night Driving: The Shadows’ Betrayal 

Reduced visibility at night increases the risk of accidents. Streetlights can only illuminate so much, and shadows often conceal potential hazards.

8. Design Defects: When Your Car Betrays You 

Sometimes, it’s not you—it’s your car. Faulty brakes, blown-out tires, or malfunctioning steering systems can lead to accidents, too. 

9. Inexperienced Drivers: The Road’s Greenhorns 

Learning to navigate the road is a journey, and sometimes, new drivers make mistakes. Inexperience is a significant contributor to car accidents.

10. Drowsy Driving: Sleep’s Silent Saboteur 

We’ve all been there—struggling to keep our eyes open after a long day. Fatigue has a way of sneaking up on you, making drowsy driving a significant yet overlooked cause of car accidents.

These common causes are, unfortunately, the tip of the iceberg. Car accidents can disrupt lives, cause injury, and sometimes even lead to heartbreaking loss. Understanding the causes, however, is the first step toward prevention.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a California car accident, it’s crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible. At Mi Abogado ®, we’re here to help connect you with experienced attorneys who can guide you through the process and fight for your rights. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist with your California car accident case.

About the Author
P.J. Javaheri is an experienced personal injury attorney and a founding partner of Mi Abogado. Mr. Javaheri received his Juris Degree from the University of California, Hastings in 2005. Mr. Javaheri is dedicated to serving clients in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. His practice focuses on the area of personal injury law, particularly in representing people who have been injured in car, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents, the practice also specializes in premises liability matters. In recognition of his skills and dedication to his vocation, Javaheri has been named on the California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mr. Javaheri is also active in the Consumer Attorneys of California and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.  In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Mr. Javaheri was honored with appointments to the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC) Honorary Board of Directors at its highest level; the Diamond Level. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Mr. Javaheri at 310.694.3084 or by emailing