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With all of the PSAs warning against the use of cell phones while driving, it’s no secret that distracted driving is a huge cause of car accidents. There are, of course, plenty of other common causes of crashes, though, and it’s important to know what they are. It’s never a bad idea to brush up on your safe-driving skills. Here are some of the other most common causes for people to get into car accidents.


When you’re speeding, you have less time to react to potential problems. You’ve also got less control over the car you’re driving, which can cause accidents just from losing control. It’s dangerous to go faster than the posted speed limit—after all, there are limits for a reason.

Following too Closely

There are so many rear-ending accidents that are preventable. Following someone too closely can quickly lead to an accident, even if you’re not distracted. If you are distracted, the risk is even higher. Looking away from the road for just a second or two can be the difference between whether you hit someone, especially if you’re following closely. If the person in front of you hits the brakes unexpectedly, will you be able to stop in time? If not, give them more space.


If you’re tired, staying awake behind the wheel can be hard. It’s best, if you feel like you’re going to fall asleep, to pull over and take a quick refresher nap. College students and commercial drivers are most at risk for sleep-related accidents, but really, anyone can become involved in one. Make sure you’re alert enough to be driving.

Lane Changes

Always checking your blind spot is imperative for preventing accidents caused by changing lanes. If you’ve ever honked at someone for cutting you off or have been honked at for cutting someone else off, you know how quickly an accident can happen from a lane change. Be a defensive driver—anticipate what will happen around you and have an exit plan, and always use your turn signals. 

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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