The Top Causes Of Motor Vehicle Accidents In 2018
While we often like to think that we’re entirely safe while we’re out on the road, this is often not the case. Dangers of driving lurk everywhere, and many unfortunately common behaviors contribute to car accidents on a regular basis. Here are the most common causes of motor vehicle accidents within the past year.
- Driving under the influence: Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents are still incredibly common nationwide. However, there is also a large percentage of motor vehicle accidents caused by other drugs. Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in approximately 16% of motor vehicle crashes. Driving while intoxicated is incredibly dangerous, regardless of the intoxicant.
- Distracted driving: With smartphone use on the rise and more cars than ever featuring advanced technology, distracted driving is incredibly common. This cause of motor vehicle accident is particularly prominent among younger drivers, due to their inexperience on the road and affinity for new forms of technology.
- Driver fatigue: If you think you’ll be fine to drive after a cup of coffee or two, think again. Driving while exhausted can be just as risky and dangerous as driving drunk. Tens of thousands of accidents occur from driving while tired every year; an average of 83,000 drowsy driving accidents happen every year, killing just over one thousand annually.
- Reckless driving: Surprisingly enough, a majority of drivers think they are safer than the average driver; clearly, this isn’t physically possible, and most drivers assume that they’re safer on the roads than they actually are. Reckless driving, such as speeding, running red lights, and other irresponsible behavior, contribute to a large percentage of motor vehicle accidents annually.
In order to protect yourself from a few of these common driving dangers, it’s important to always wear your seatbelt and drive as safely as possible. Keep all distractions to a minimum, and if you’ve been drinking, have a designated driver.
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