Causes of Car Accidents

From distracted driving to drunk driving, accidents happen for many reasons. We can help.

Auto accidents in Virginia happen for many reasons. But in many cases, many collisions are anything but accidents. Many crashes happen because another driver behaved recklessly or negligently. We strongly believe such drivers should be held accountable for their actions.

Established in 1891, our firm has a long, storied history and a well-earned reputation for comprehensively investigating every accident. We know what evidence to look for and how to determine the cause of a serious crash. That’s because we’re familiar with many different types of accidents. This valuable knowledge enables us to build strong cases for our clients.

At Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC, we have dedicated our careers to fighting for the rights of collision victims. We work hard because we understand what a dramatic difference this money can make in people’s lives. You deserve a fair settlement or verdict – and we can help!

What are some of the common causes of auto accidents in Virginia?

Motor vehicle accidents happen for many reasons. Some of the most common causes we have dealt with include:

  • Texting while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Asleep at the wheel

Whatever the cause of your accident, make sure you take action as soon as possible to protect your rights. Make sure you contact Davis, Davis, Davis & Davis, PC.

Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is against the law in Virginia for all drivers. Even picking up your mobile device while driving is illegal. But that hasn’t stopped many people from continuing to text and drive. And when they do, they often cause accidents that result in serious injuries or fatalities. That’s because many drivers fail to slow down before colliding with another vehicle, a pedestrian or a cyclist.

Many states, including Virginia, have laws banning texting or handling a mobile device while driving. The reason? Study after study has found that texting while driving can be very dangerous, massively increasing the risk of an accident. Texting drivers often cause rear-end collisions and can even be involved in head-on collisions when they drift into the oncoming lane.

If you’re a victim of a texting while driving accident, we can gather evidence to build a strong case on your behalf. The most important issue is establishing that the other driver was texting while driving at the time of the accident. Police can request cell phone records. Eyewitnesses can verify that a driver was texting at the time of your accident. You have options. We can help.

Distracted Driving

Texting while driving might be the best-known example of distracted driving accident, but there are many other ways drivers fail to pay attention to everything going on around them. Other common forms of distracted driving include:

  • Operating a GPS
  • Eating while driving
  • Personal grooming
  • Watching videos while driving
  • Adjusting the stereo

Drivers who fail to pay attention to other motorists around them often cause some of the most serious accidents in Virginia. That’s because these drivers often don’t slow down before crashing into another vehicle. You can often tell they did so due to the absence of skid marks on the road. We typically work with accident reconstruction experts who can examine the scene to help determine who was at fault.

Drunk Driving

The dangers of drunk driving have been well documented for decades. Even so, some people put everyone on the road at risk by drinking and driving. And when they do, the consequences can be serious or even deadly. Thousands of people die every year in drunk driving accidents.

There’s no excuse for such accidents. That’s why we take such an aggressive stance. Your case is about more than just obtaining financial compensation. It’s about justice. It’s about holding reckless drivers responsible for their actions.

We also hope our work sends a clear, strong message that such behavior will not be tolerated. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more. In some cases, we pursue punitive damages, which are meant to punish the drunk driver and deter others from engaging in similar reckless behavior. Innocent people are seriously hurt or worse every day by drunk drivers in Virginia and across the country. We’re proud to work tirelessly for you and your family. Your case truly matters here.

Reckless Driving

The rules of the road exist for a reason – to keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, some drivers believe the rules don’t apply to them. They weave in and out of traffic. They change lanes without warning. These reckless drivers routinely cause serious accidents.

Other types of behavior that may lead to reckless driving accidents include:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Running red lights
  • Failing to observe posted traffic signs

Reckless driving cases can be very complicated. That’s because the driver often denies any wrongdoing. His or her insurance company may argue that you were at least partially at fault. That’s why it’s important you have someone on your side who knows how to investigate such accidents and put the evidence together into a strong legal argument. That’s why you need to contact us.


Speeding remains one of the leading causes of car accidents in Virginia, whether it’s someone barreling down I-581 or driving too fast on U.S. Route 220. High speed accidents might seem straightforward. Unfortunately, that’s not always true. In many cases, speeding drivers who cause accidents deny driving over the speed limit or claim that you were acting negligently.

Police officers know how to investigate such accidents to uncover the truth. But the police don’t work for you. They’re not focused on how much money you receive for property damage, medical bills and other expenses associated with your accident.

Your recovery from an accident can be difficult enough. You shouldn’t have to worry about how to get the compensation you deserve. We can handle every aspect of your accident, from mounting our own in-depth investigation to dealing directly with insurance companies on your behalf. Remember, you didn’t do anything wrong. You shouldn’t have to face long-term financial hardship because of a speeding driver.

Drowsy Driving/Asleep at the Wheel

Drowsy drivers cause serious or even fatal accidents throughout Virginia, from Roanoke to Virginia Beach. That’s because many drivers who fall asleep at the wheel don’t even slow down when they slam into another vehicle. They may drift into the oncoming lane and cause catastrophic head-on collisions at full speed.

Fatigued driving might seem like a victimless crime. But it’s important to remember that tired drivers made the choice to continue driving rather than stopping to rest. As a result, they put themselves and other people’s lives in danger.

We know how to investigate drowsy driving accidents. We know what tell-tale signs to look for, including the absence of skid marks and the driver being unable to describe or recall the accident. We’re ready and eager to fight for your rights. Contact us today. Your case matters!

Whatever the cause of the accident or whatever kinds of injuries you may be dealing with, your case is important to us. Contact our firm and find out what we can do for you.


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