What to Know About the Forms of Negligence that Causes Auto Accidents

There are many forms of negligence that unfortunately lead to auto accidents. To discover the most common types of negligence that play a part in auto accidents, continue reading. If you require assistance with an upcoming personal injury claim after being wrongfully injured in an auto accident, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced California personal injury attorney.

What are the most common types of negligence to cause auto accidents?

The following are the most common forms of negligence that lead to auto accidents:

  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving causes about 3,000 deaths per year. Distracted driving can include eating behind the wheel, changing the radio station, talking on the phone, doing your makeup behind the wheel, and much more.
  • Speeding: Speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities in the past two decades. Many fatal auto accidents could have been less critical if the driver chose to drive the posted speed limit.
  • Texting and driving: Texting and driving is one of the most common forms of distraction behind the wheel and can lead to severe auto accidents. It is important that your attention is always on the road, not a device.
  • Intoxicated driving: Approximately 28 people in the United States pass away in drunk-driving wrecks each day.

Can I sue if I was injured in an auto accident that was caused by negligence?

You may be entitled to compensation in a personal injury claim if you can prove that you were injured as a direct result of the other party’s negligence in an auto accident.

What is the statute of limitations for auto accident personal injury claims in California?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally two years in California. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to file your claim with the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Failure to file your claim within this timeframe may result in you being permanently time-barred from taking legal action. For this reason, it is important that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible following your accident. Our legal team is prepared to work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal. To learn more about our firm and the services we offer, do not hesitate to give us a call to schedule your initial consultation with our legal team. We are here to help.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.