Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are common occurrences across the United States. You could have a clean driving record and exercise caution behind the wheel, yet you never know what is happening with the motorists around you.

Collisions take place for countless reasons, though there are commonalities among crash reports. Some common reasons for car accidents include:

Distraction. Multitasking may seem like a daily requirement, but talking, eating, shaving, entertaining children and applying makeup in the driver’s seat are risky behaviors.

Vehicle defects. Like all consumer products, automobiles have the potential of including faulty or broken parts. Manufacturers issue recalls when they identify safety concerns with one of their vehicles. You are responsible for bringing your recalled vehicle in for repairs.

Health concerns. Many medical challenges are manageable. However, vision impairment, a stroke, heart attack or seizure can cause life-threatening injuries for those in numerous vehicles.

Maintenance. Drivers must keep their vehicles maintained to decrease safety risks. For example, improperly working brakes, lights or windshield wipers could factor into liability in the event of a crash.

Substances. Any amount of alcohol or illicit substance can affect your perception and reaction time. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can alter mental clarity and vision as well, in addition to making you drowsy.

Wildlife. Swerving is a natural response to seeing an animal on the road, and, especially after dark, you might not be aware of an animal’s presence on the roadway until it is too late.

Weather conditions. Wet roads increase stopping distance, while rain and fog decrease visibility. Maintaining the speed limit could be reckless in some situations.

Accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, requiring expensive lifelong care or, in some cases, death. If you suffer because of another driver’s negligence, there are likely ways for you to hold them accountable.