Motor vehicle crashes continue to plague the roadways throughout Maryland and beyond. While some are undoubtedly related to unforeseen circumstances, most fall on drivers’ shoulders.
Driver errors lead to most car accidents that leave others injured, including those with catastrophic and fatal bodily damage. Learn about some of the leading causes of these car accidents.
What is the top cause of car accidents?
The U.S. Department of Transportation released its yearly report on crash statistics, revealing the highest number of fatalities since 2007. While the report showed a slight decline in overall crashes, the uptick in deaths is concerning. The data suggests that in 45% of fatal crashes, one of the following three risky behaviors played a part:
- Driving impaired
- Not wearing a seatbelt
Why is speeding so dangerous?
Exceeding the speed limit remains a top cause of crashes, even non-fatal ones. Speeding puts everyone else at risk, as losing control of a vehicle at faster speeds is easier. When road conditions deteriorate, sliding and crashing increase, especially when a driver cannot stop.
Is distracted driving still an issue?
While this report does not address distracted driving numbers, it remains overall in the top running for crash causes. Many things can take away a driver’s attention from the road, but smartphones continue to rank as the most common means of distraction. Other means of distraction include eating and drinking, following a GPS map and other passengers.
Remaining safe on the roads often comes down to following the laws. Between maintaining the proper speed limit to driving free of distraction and intoxication, drivers often have the power to stop a tragic accident from ever happening.