Causes of Auto Collisions | Portland Injury Lawyers

Often times, auto accidents happen so fast, it is hard to decipher just what happened until it is too late. This blog lists some of the most common traffic violations that cause car accidents. Hopefully knowing what to look out for can help you avoid being in these dangerous situations yourself!

Driving Under the Influence

One of the most dangerous things to do is drive inebriated. Statistics state that 40% of all auto collisions are due to alcohol. When you drink, you lose control over your motor skills and practical senses.

By law, it is illegal to drive when:

  • Alcohol level in the blood exceeds .08%
  • You are under the influence of alcohol or some form of drugs

Going Over the Speed Limit

By exceeding the speed limit, you are more likely to lose control over your vehicle and your surrounding situation. When a car surpasses the speed limit, accidents are more likely to occur because the driver is not in full command of the situation.

Not Respecting Traffic Control Signs

Traffic signals and stop signs are there for a reason. It is important to adhere to the devices. When approaching a stop sign, stop fully. You never know who is coming from the other side. It is important to follow the rules at a traffic light. Rather than speeding up to make a yellow light, you should slow down and be prepared for a potential stop. Don’t run red lights.


Tailgating is what happens when you follow too closely behind another car. Whether intentional or not, it is dangerous not to give a safety cushion of space between you and the other car. If you’re not sure whether you’re tailgating or not, it might be helpful to follow the “2 second rule.” With this rule, just count until two before driving behind another car, to ensure that there is enough distance between the two of you.

Dangerous Left Turns

In general, left turns are scary. You never know who can zoom by. As a rule of thumb, it is important to give the right of way to oncoming traffic, rather than trying to cut them off. Carelessness in making left turns often leads to car accidents.

Distracted Driving

This is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. Using your cell phone, applying makeup, eating, or anything else that takes your attention away from the road can be a distraction. It is very important to pay attention, not only your life but others’ lives will depend on it.

For more information on traffic laws in Oregon, you can visit here. If you or someone you know is a victim of an auto accident, contact us today to talk to our auto accident lawyers in Portland.