5 Leading Causes of Car Accidents

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According to the Department of Transportation, every year, motor vehicle accidents can cost up to $200 billion. Car accidents are a major public safety problem and here are some statistics every driver should know:

  1. Every 12 minutes, a person is killed in a car crash in the U.S.
  2. Every 10 seconds, a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident
  3. In the U.S. car accidents are the leading cause of death for those aged 5-34 years old
  4. Statistics in 2009 show that more than 2.3 million people were sent to the emergency department after a crash

Given the frequency of motor vehicle crashes, every driver should be aware of the most common causes of car accidents in order to avoid becoming a statistic. Here is a brief rundown of the most common causes of car accidents:

1. Driving Under the Influence of drugs and alcohol (DUI)

It is estimated that each year, around 12,000 are killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. Most states prohibit DUI so if you want to avoid getting a ticket, or worse, into an accident, if you’ve consumed alcohol, take a cab or have someone sober be your designated driver.

2. Driver Distractions

It is estimated by the American Automobile Association that 25-50 percent of all car accidents are caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving is anything that can take your eyes off the road, your hands off the steering wheel, or your mind and concentration off while driving.

3. Speeding

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it is estimated that one-third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents is related to speeding and that every month, as much as 900 Americans are killed because of it.

4. Fatigued or Drowsy Driving

Around 100,000 are caused by drowsy or fatigued driver according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Make sure you get enough rest when going on long drives or take whenever you feel fatigued.

5. Driving Under Adverse Weather Conditions

More car accidents occur when the weather is bad, especially when it’s raining or snowing. Aside from impairing road visibility, wet and slippery roads can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle.

Most of these car accident causes are actually related to driver behavior and negligence. So most drivers, regardless of how careful they are when they drive, may still get involved in a car accident because of motorists who are guilty of any of the above-mentioned causes.

In case you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident because of a drunk, distracted, speeding, or drowsy driver, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against him.