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Top 3 causes of fatal car accidents

On Behalf of | Oct 1, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Serious car accidents in Connecticut can have devastating consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 90 car accident fatalities every day in the U.S. Each year, our country loses tens of thousands of people in car crashes.

The majority of car accidents are not caused by unavoidable factors like sudden weather changes. Most car accidents are due to human error or negligence that could have been prevented. Here are a few of the common causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents:

#1: Distracted driving

Distracted driving leads to more fatal car crashes than any other factor. While drivers can be distracted by a lot of things, smartphones and infotainment systems might be the biggest problem. Talking to passengers or trying to eat while driving can also be very dangerous.

#2: Intoxication

Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs is incredibly dangerous and leads to a lot of fatal car accidents each year. When a driver is intoxicated, they have a slower reaction time and lose their perception of danger. It’s also important to know that drowsiness can have a similar effect on drivers as intoxication does.

#3: Speeding

Speeding leads to a lot of fatalities because when a car is traveling at an excessive speed, it’s more likely to kill someone. Often, other negligent driving behaviors like distracted driving and intoxication contribute to a driver’s decision to ignore the speed limit.

Recovering from nonfatal car accidents

If you survived a serious car accident, you may have life-altering injuries and a huge medical bill. You may be able to file a claim for your expenses through the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. If the at-fault driver is uninsured, you may still file a claim with your own insurance or sue the at-fault driver for damages.