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Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury and death. Thousands of crashes happen every day, and most people will experience one at some point in their lives. The outcome of crashes ranges from minor to fatal and covers all points in between. Just as the severity of a crash can vary from one accident to another, so too can the causes of the wrecks.

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10 Common Causes of Vehicle Accidents

  1. 1. 10 COMMON CAUSES OF Vehicle Crashes
  2. 2. Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury and death. Thousands of crashes happen every day, and most people will experience one at some point in their lives. The outcome of crashes ranges from minor to fatal and covers all points in between. Just as the severity of a crash can vary from one accident to another, so too can the causes of the wrecks. No two crashes are the same, and a single crash can have several contributing factors. However, there are definitely some commonalities that we can find in most vehicle accidents. If we look at the statistics, we’ll find the same culprits behind the vast majority of car crashes. By knowing the most common causes of crashes, we might also avoid them altogether. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  3. 3. Speeding – Approximately one-third of fatal crashes involve a speeding vehicle, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many people think of speeding as exceeding a speed limit, but it’s important to remember that speeding also involves traveling too fast for the conditions of the road. If weather is poor or traffic is heavy, drivers must adjust their speed accordingly. Impairment – The number of fatal crashes caused by drunk driving is on par with those caused by speeding. Around one-third of all traffic deaths involve a drunk driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol is not the only substance that causes crashes. Some research suggests that drug impairment is beginning to rival alcohol intoxication as a cause of traffic deaths. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS. 1. 2.
  4. 4. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS. Fatigue – Every year, approximately 328,000 crashes are caused by fatigued drivers, according to AAA. Drowsy driving also contributes to more than 6,000 crashes annually. Missing just one to two hours of sleep a night can double a person’s risk of being involved in a vehicle accident. Distraction – Distracted driving has become a major focus of safety advocates in recent years, due in large part to the emergence of mobile devices in everyday life. The CDC estimates that 9 people are killed and 1,000 people are injured in distraction-related vehicle crashes every day in the United States. 3. 4.
  5. 5. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS. Vehicle Defects – Data concerning the rate of crashes caused by vehicle defects is more difficult to pin down than other human-related contributing factors. However, we can gain some insights from a crash causation study by the NHTSA. In that study, NHTSA finds that approximately 44,000 crashes every year can be attributed to vehicles and not to drivers. Of those crashes, tires and brakes are leading factors contributing to the accidents. Running a Red Light – The urge to beat the red light is often a fatal one for motorists. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that, in 2015, 771 people were killed and an estimated 137,000 were injured in crashes that involved running a red light. Running red lights, along with ignoring other traffic signs and signals, accounts for a large percentage of urban vehicle accidents. 5. 6.
  6. 6. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS. Aggressive Driving – In a study conducted by AAA, researchers found that over half of fatal crashes involved some form of aggression by a driver. Aggressive driving can take many different forms, including tailgating (following another vehicle too closely), cutting off another driver or running another vehicle off the road. Bad Weather – The NHTSA estimates that around 52,000 crashes are caused primarily by weather conditions every year in the United States. Around half of those crashes involved a slick road. While bad weather might contribute to those crashes, drivers can greatly reduce the chances of causing a wreck by adjusting their driving habits to reflect the weather. 7. 8.
  7. 7. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS. Animals/wildlife – AAA estimates that between 2001 and 2011, over 2,000 traffic deaths resulted from collisions with animals. Many animal-related crashes are avoidable, and drivers should be aware that the danger of these crashes increases during fall and winter. Inexperienced drivers – One of the greatest threats facing motorists is something we all encounter as drivers. A lack of experience means that a driver is less equipped to handle emergencies or to be more careless behind the wheel. Inexperience as a cause of crashes is best understood through the statistics on teen drivers. Teens ages 15 to 19 make up 7 percent of the population in the United States, yet they account for 11 percent of total costs of motor vehicle injuries, according to the CDC. Alarmingly, newly licensed drivers ages 16 and 17 are approximately three times more likely to be involved in a deadly automobile crash. 9. 10.
  8. 8. There is plenty of room for overlap in this list. For example, a drunk driver might also run a red light. Or a distracted driver might be less likely to notice an animal darting in front their vehicle. This is part of the reason that no two crashes are identical in their root causes. However, one of the themes you’ve likely noticed from this list is that most crashes are caused by human error. Safety advocates believe that over 90 percent of crashes are caused by mistakes. Even when external factors play a role, e.g., bad weather, the crashes could often have been avoided if the driver had acted with greater caution. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  9. 9. If we understand the risks facing motorists and increase our awareness of the bad tendencies we might have when behind the wheel, we just might avoid being involved in a serious vehicle accident. Unfortunately, we can’t control the actions of other drivers. For people that have been injured in a vehicle accident and are considering filing a personal injury claim, it’s important to understand that the burden is not on the victim to figure out the reasons for the other driver's negligence. An experienced vehicle accident attorney will investigate the potential causes on behalf of their client. Call us today at 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS.
  10. 10. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious vehicle accident in Georgia and you want to learn more about your legal options, contact the Stoddard Firm today. We represent clients across the state to make sure they get the compensation they deserve. Contact us online or call 404.593.2695 or 678-RESULTS. thestoddardfirm.com

Vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury and death. Thousands of crashes happen every day, and most people will experience one at some point in their lives. The outcome of crashes ranges from minor to fatal and covers all points in between. Just as the severity of a crash can vary from one accident to another, so too can the causes of the wrecks.

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