Car Accidents – Four Top Causes
Last modified: August 19, 2016 by Stephen Babcock
Smartphones and other speaking devices are one of the most cited causes of motor vehicle accidents each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports, roughly 10% of all people driving in the U.S. are texting or talking on the phone. Recent studies have shown that talking is just as distracting as texting. Devices in your vehicle, such as radios and navigation devices, take the driver’s focus off of the road. Anything that takes a driver’s attention from traffic and driving can potentially lead to an accident.
Drinking and Driving
Drunk driving is responsible for thousands of fatalities each year. People between the ages of 16-20 have a higher probability of being involved in a drunk driving car accident. Drunk driving fatalities rise around holidays and celebratory events. The two weeks that include Christmas and New Years account for an average of 47 alcohol-related deaths each day. State legislatures are the ones who implement preventative measures such as checkpoints during holidays, breathalyzer starters for anyone convicted of DUI or DWI and more.
Speeding or reckless driving account for over 30% of all car accident fatalities in the U.S. each year, according to reports from the NHTSA. Male drivers between the ages of 15-24 are the highest risk of speed-related car accidents. Speeding paired with any other distraction can increase the chances of accident and fatality dramatically. Each state views speeding violations differently with varying consequences.
Distracted driving includes any actions by the driver or passengers that lead to the driver losing focus on the road. Phone use and talking with passengers are the most common forms of distraction. 1 in 4 car accidents is attributed to distracted driving. Other common distractions include, but are not limited to, eating, grooming, listening to music and reaching for objects in the car. Multitasking was linked by the National Safety Council to an overall decrease in focus and effectiveness while driving.