Everyone fears a car accident, whether it is for safety reasons or even financial concerns. Regardless of your reason, here are five common causes of car accidents in the United States.
1) Drunk Driving: Drinking and driving is one of the most common reason for fatal car accidents. In 2013, there were a total of 44,574 drivers in the United States that were killed in an accident. Reportedly 9,461 or 21% of those drivers had a Blood Alcohol content over 0.08.
2) Speeding: In the same year, speeding proved to be a primary factor contributing to traffic crashes. In 2013, speeding was a contributing factor in 29 percent of all fatal crashes, and 9,613 lives (29%) were lost in speeding-related crashes.
3) Texting: Texting while driving continues to be one of the major causes of accidents on the road. There is a 25% chance that every motor vehicle crash was partially caused by cell phone use. Every day, nine Americans lose their lives due to a texting and driving accident.
4) Driving in Bad Weather: The statistics do not lie. Driving in poor conditions has caused many accidents over the years. On a yearly average, weather-related accidents account for over 1,200,000 accidents, 445,000 injuries, and almost 6,000 fatalities. It is important to stay off the road during bad conditions unless absolutely necessary.
5) Drowsy Driving: Driving while tired has been proven to be extremely dangerous. In 2014 there were 846 fatalities caused by drowsy-driving recorded in NHTSA’s FARS database. These statistics have remained consistent over the past ten years.