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The most common causes of car accidents

The numbers speak for themselves, and they aren’t pretty. Over 35,000 people are killed every year due to car accidents. In 2017, the number of deaths totaled 37,133 people. Three states: California, Texas and Florida alone accounted for over 10,000 of those deaths.

If that’s not sobering enough, between 1975 to 2015, twice as many males were killed in motor vehicle accidents than women. 71% of the deaths were men in 2015.

If that’s not sobering enough, between 1975 to 2015, twice as many males were killed in motor vehicle accidents than women. 71% of the deaths were men in 2015.

What can be done to curb these severe statistics? The first step is to understand the leading causes of these accidents and do your best to avoid them.

Speeding

Between 2006 to 2015, speeding, the most common cause of car accidents, accounted for over 108,500 accidents, which accounted for nearly 30% of all accidents in that time span.

Drunk Driving

The following stats were released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Drunk driving claims 28 lives every day in the United States, which equals one death every 53 minutes
  • Drunk driving has led to nearly 113,000 deaths in the past decade

Distracted Driving

Any action that diverts your attention away from the road is considered distracted driving. The list includes: cell phone activities (which, between 2010-2014, was present in 38% more accidents,) eating, talking to passengers, adjusting radio/adjusting the heat and ac/etc.

From 2010 to 2014, distracted drivers caused 4.5 million accidents.

Adverse weather conditions

Adverse weather can include rain, snow, sleet and fog among others. Between 2005 to 2014, bad weather accounted for nearly 1,259,000 accidents in which 445,003 people were injured and 5,897 were killed.

Red lights

Does this one seem surprising? Well, these accidents had to do with someone running a red light or trying to beat that yellow light. Between 2010 to 2014, over 700 people were killed due to that aggressive action. Next time, you may want to rethink if you can make it.

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