Leading Causes of Car Accidents

Thousands of car accidents happen every day, and while technology continues to improve to keep us safe, many factors continue to contribute to accidents on the road. There are three leading causes of car accidents in America and this article will explain what they are and why they’re so dangerous.

Top 3 causes of car accidents

1. Distracted Driving

person-woman-smartphone-carAmericans are always attempting to do everything at once, even while they’re driving. With so many distractions for drivers and the need to reply to that email or text message right now, you can imagine that distracted driving is the number one cause of car accidents. People talk, text, read and even groom themselves while driving, and Drivers who use a hand-held device are 4 times more likely to get into a car accident than drivers that pay attention to the road ahead. The most important thing you can do when you get behind the wheel is pay attention.

2. Speeding

Everyone is always in a hurry to get to their destination, and other drivers’ need for speed puts many other drivers at risk for an accident, and speed can be deadly. Speeding is one of the most prevalent causes of car accidents in the U.S. and it contributes to about a third of all car accidents. Slowing down and giving yourself enough time to get to your destination is worth it when you’re not putting yourself or another life at risk.

3. Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous behaviors on the road today, and it is always preventable. Sadly, thousands of accidents involving drunk driving occur every day. Do your part by designating a driver, hiding your keys or calling an uber when you drink.

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