The Most Common Causes of Fatal Car Accidents in 2016

The end of spring and the start of summer lead to an increased number of vehicles on U.S. roads. Tired of being stuck indoors for the winter, people take advantage of warm weather with weekend getaways and even short daytrips.

As a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, it’s important to reacquaint yourself with road safety to ensure the well being of all parties. According to The Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 370,000 individuals will lose their lives in car accidents in the nation each year. As a measure of precaution, here is a list of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in 2016:

Distracted Driving

The illegal use of cell phones, reaching over to adjust the radio, talking to passengers, and even lighting a cigarette while steering are all common causes of deadly accidents.

Speeding

When drivers increase their speed 10 to 30 miles per hour above the speed limit, reaction time may be greatly reduced. Obey local speed limits to avoid putting lives in danger.

Drunk Driving

While each state has a specific legal blood alcohol limit, allow a designated driver to take you home, or call a taxi. This is especially true when you’ve had more than one drink, feel tipsy, or can’t walk straight. The consequences of drunk driving can be devastating.

Careless Driving

Stay focused on the road and avoid careless behaviors such as speeding, aggressive driving, abrupt lane changes, or tailing too close.

Weather

Rain, sleet, snow, and hail all create poor visibility conditions and may force the most responsible drivers to navigate slick and icy roads. Individuals who are not confident in their ability to make it through dangerous roads safely should consider pulling over, calling for help, or waiting it out.

Failure to Follow Traffic Lights

Crossing a traffic light that is red automatically puts you at fault for any incidents that may occur due to bad judgment.

Not stopping at “Stop” Signs

Failing to stop and yielding to other vehicles is a leading cause of crashes. A 5-second timeframe is all it takes to prioritize safety.

Teen Driving

Teens are more inexperienced drivers, and may not realize they are being careless. Experience comes with age, so if you have a teen driver at home, emphasize the importance of driving cautiously to gain confidence versus driving aggressively.

Impaired Vision During Night Driving

Although elders are more likely to experience impaired vision, people miss traffic signs, construction signs, pedestrians, and bicyclists all the time. If you do not have enough confidence to drive at night, wait until the next day, or drive cautiously.