Fatal Four Most Frequent Causes Of Death While Driving

Fatal Four Most Frequent Causes Of Death While Driving

A hazard is a source of danger. When driving, it forces you to change your speed or steering to avoid a collision. To say that driving can be dangerous is an understatement. In 2019, 38,800 people were killed in car accidents in the United States. Ninty-five percent of all vehicles involved in fatal car accidents were passenger cars or light trucks (vans, SUVs, or pickup trucks).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), The leading cause of occupational fatalities is vehicle-related crashes. Four of the most frequent causes of death and injury on our roads in 2018 were:

  1. Driving under the influence (DUI) – nearly 30% of all vehicle-related fatalities;
  2. Speeding – about 26% of all vehicle-related fatalities;
  3. Reckless driving – 29% of all fatalities – violating the rules of the road; and
  4. Distracted driving – 5% of all fatalities – eating, texting, changing stations, etc. Other causes for vehicle-related crashes include:
  5. Running yellow and red lights;
  6. Aggressive behavior – road rage;
  7. Failure to use a seat belt;
  8. Weather conditions – rain, snow, wind, etc.;
  9. Night driving;
  10. Road conditions – potholes, slopes, rough surface, etc.;
  11. Animal crossings; and
  12. Construction zones.

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