Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Wisconsin

March 11 , 2021 | Car Accidents

Auto accidents in Wisconsin happen every day. When they do, they are typically caused by a negligent, or careless, driver. While any negligent action can result in a serious crash, there are some causes that are more common than others. It is important all drivers know these causes so they can watch for drivers acting in these careless manners, and so they are not found liable for a crash themselves.

Distracted Driving

Texting and driving is illegal for all drivers in Wisconsin, but that does not mean that drivers do not sometimes pick up the phone to text. Texting and driving is also not the only form of distraction for drivers. Eating and drinking behind the wheel, loud music, and rowdy passengers are just a few of the distractions drivers face when they are on the road.

Drunk or Drugged Driving

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most dangerous behaviors any driver could engage in. Still, that does not stop drivers from doing it, though it is against the law and comes with very harsh penalties. Even when drivers are below the legal blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent, but have consumed alcohol, their driving skills may still be impaired.

Drowsy Driving

Life is busy and many people get in a hurry to get to work or to get home from work, which can place them at risk for driving while drowsy. People that drive very early in the morning or very late at night may also drive while they are fatigued. People do not always realize just how dangerous it is to drive while tired, but drowsy driving causes thousands of accidents every year. Drowsy drivers have slower reaction times, poor judgment, and may even fall asleep at the wheel.


There is a reason every road in Wisconsin has speed limits. Speeding is extremely dangerous behavior, yet it is so common that nearly every driver has done it at one time or another. When a motorist drives over the speed limit, they do not have the same amount of time to respond to other vehicles and can increase the force of the collision. Even speeding only 20 miles per hour over the speed limit can more than double the force of the crash.

Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive driving takes many forms. Drivers may tailgate, ignore right-of-way rules, and disobey traffic laws, signs, and signals. These are all very dangerous behaviors that can cause an accident that results in very serious injuries.

Our Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyers Can Help After a Crash

If you have been injured in a crash, you need the help of an Oak Creek car accident lawyer that can advise you of your legal options. At Martin Law Office, S.C., our knowledgeable attorneys will determine which party was liable for your crash and hold them accountable for paying the maximum damages you need to make a full recovery. Call us today at 414-856-4010 or fill out our online form to schedule a free initial consultation.