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Common Causes of Car Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately six million car accidents occur in the United States annually. Three million people in the country are injured in a collision every year, while over 90 people die every day due to car accidents.

There are many common causes of car accidents. However, crashes are typically caused by various forms of driver error. The following is an overview of the most common causes of car accidents in the U.S.:

Distracted Driving

Cell phones have become an important part of our daily lives. We use our phones to communicate, keep up with current events, and share our lives with others through social media.

Unfortunately, many drivers engage in distracted driving by using their phones while operating their vehicles. The National Safety Council (NSC), approximately 25 percent of all car accidents involve cell phone use, from texting to having a conversation.

Distractions can take your mind away from the main task of driving, your hands away from the steering wheel, and your eyes away from the road. Other forms of distraction include engaging in a conversation with passengers, eating, and grooming (i.e. applying makeup or brushing your teeth).

Driving Under the Influence

Another major cause of collisions is drunk or drugged driving, especially on the weekends and during long holidays. Intoxicated driving is responsible for 40 percent of all fatal collisions in the U.S.

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs greatly reduces your response time, vision, and ability to focus on your surroundings, which increase the risk of a crash.


Speeding is responsible for one-third of all car accidents in the United States. However, many motorists drive above the posted speed limit.

But speeding increases the risk of losing control of the car, leading to a crash. Remember, the faster your vehicle travels, the longer it takes to make a complete stop to avoid colliding with another vehicle or fixed object.

Reckless Driving

Whether it’s tailgating, switching lanes without signaling, ignoring traffic signs, or engaging in road rage, not only is reckless driving illegal in Montana, but it is also the fourth most common cause of car accidents in the country. Reckless driving entails operating a vehicle without any concern about the safety of other motorists and pedestrians on the road.

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