Car accidents have a variety of different causes. Figuring out the cause of an accident you are in might be simple, but there are some instances in which the cause isn’t immediately evident. In order to determine the cause of the crash, you sometimes have to be willing to think outside of the box.

You might automatically lean toward some of the more common causes of accidents. These include drunk, aggressive, distracted, fatigued, reckless or unsafe driving. When these aren’t present in the accident, you have to think beyond those.

What are some less common causes of car accidents?

A driver who has a medical incident, such as a seizure or heart attack, might cause an accident. These are unpredictable and a reason why people who have epilepsy might not be given a driver’s license. It is imperative that anyone who has a medical condition that might cause a problem with driving pay attention to how he or she is feeling so that he or she might be able to avoid an issue.

Another less common cause of car accidents is wildlife. Animals dart across roadways and don’t realize the danger they are in or that they are causing. Drivers might have to swerve out of the way of these animals, which can lead to accidents.

Problems with the vehicle, such as brakes that aren’t functioning properly or a blown tire, can also lead to crashes. These are sometimes predictable and might be avoidable if the vehicle is properly maintained.

What can I do if I’m in an accident with an uncommon cause?

Your first steps are likely going to be contacting the authorities to report the accident and then seeking medical care. Depending on the cause of the accident, you might also opt to pursue legal action against the driver who caused the crash. Having your case evaluated can let you know what options you have.

Source: The Balance, “What Causes Car Accidents?,” Emily Delbridge, accessed April 17, 2018