Top 10 Causes of Car Accidents
Every year auto accidents results in hundreds of
thousands of injuries and nearly 35,000 deaths in
the United States. In facts traffic collisions are
the leading cause of preventable deaths in our
country. Thus it is important to have an
understanding as to the leading factors
contributing to car accidents. A list of the leading
causes of traffic accidents in provided below.
1. Speeding While Driving and Reckless Driving:
Failing to follow the speed limit is the most
common cause of traffic accidents in the United
2. Use of Mobile Phone – Texting While Driving:
The proliferation of mobile phone use has
resulted an increased level of danger on our
roads. In response national and state legislatures
have passed strict anti texting laws; while the
judicial system has begun to charge individuals
who’s texting while driving resulted in deaths,
3. Other forms of Distracted Driving – There are
numerous types of distracted driving. Some of
the most common types of distractions resulting
in high incidences of traffic accidents include,
eating, smoking, listening to loud music or
changing the dial, reaching for objects in the
vehicle, and looking or talking with other
passengers in the vehicle.
4. Driver Fatigue – Falling Asleep in the Wheel –
According to recently published data driver
fatigue is the cause of 2.5-3.0 percent of all
roadway related fatalities in the United States.
Individual that have a history of falling asleep at
the wheel may be prosecuted for a criminal
5. Drunk Driving – and Driving While Under the
Influence of a Narcotic Substance: According to
studies driving while under the influence of
alcohol results in a 900% increase in the
probability of an auto accident.
6. Rubber-necking – Rubbernecking is another
type of distracted driving and takes place when
drivers look other things on the road not linked to
their driving. Examples include watching other
accidents, looking at sunsets, and nice views.
7. Defective Automobile and Automobile Parts –
Common auto defects that can cause severe
injuries to occupants include, tire defects,
defective design of Sport Inutility Vehicles
resulted in vehicles being more prone to
rollovers, seatbelt defects and defective airbags.
8. Defects on Roadway Construction – The
improper design of roadways result in hundreds
of auto accident fatalities each year. Liable
parties can include CALTRANS and construction
contractors for improper installment of traffic
lights and roadway signals.
9. Poor Weather Conditions – Example of
weather condition posing the greatest dangers to
motorists on the road includes, icy roads, high
winds, and rain after a prolonged drought
resultign in oily surfaces.
10. Improper Coning off of Construction Zones –
Road work is needed to maintain and built the
countries transportation infrastructure. However
in many cases road construction crews fail to
safely cordon off construction zones resulting in
an increased probability of auto accidents.