Most Common Causes of Car Accidents
1. Distracted driving is among the most prominent of the many different causes of auto accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Most people think of someone texting and driving when they think of distracted driving, but there are actually a vast multitude of things that can distract a driver at any given time. Texting and talking on cell phones are major culprits, though eating, putting on makeup, reading, changing the radio station, daydreaming, and being pestered by passengers, are all examples of things that can be distracting. Regardless of what form the distraction takes, the risks and consequences are the same. Any lack of attention on the road can cause a devastating auto accident, even if that attention is only diverted for a moment.
2. Speeding is another very common cause of auto accidents. Motorists are frequently in a hurry to get somewhere, late for appointments, excited about family obligations, or simply impatient to get where they’re going. Regardless of the reason, failing to follow the posted speed limit (and/or failing to adjust your speed for road conditions) is something that frequently results in tragedy.
3. Drunk driving, another source of motor vehicle tragedies, is responsible for around 10,000 fatalities each year, with 300,000 drunk driving incidents taking place around the US each day (MADD).
Despite the best efforts of lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and activist groups to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths caused by irresponsible driving, these entirely preventable accidents continue to occur.