Thousands of people are tragically killed in car accidents every year. In 2017, Pennsylvania saw 1,137 car accident related deaths while New Jersey saw 624 and Delaware had 119. According to the Institute of Insurance Safety, n average of 35,000 people died annually in car accidents over the last decade.
So what’s causing all of these car accidents?
Speeding has always been one of the top causes of car accidents. 30% of car accidents from 2006-2015 were attributed to speeding. The majority of speeding related accidents occur on roads where the speed limit is 55 MPH or more.
Driving impaired can severely impair judgment and ability to drive. According to the CDC, an estimated 28 people a day die due to a drunk driving related accident. For comparison, that’s about one death every 53 minutes. 113,000 deaths have been associated with drunk driving over the last decade.
Distractions can be deadly in a car accident. They include texting, eating, talking or adjusting the radio while driving. Distracted driving causes an average of 1.1 million car accidents annually.
Phones are one of the biggest sources of accidents while driving. As phones become more integrated in every day life, so do accidents related to phone use while driving. Over more recent years, car accidents related to phone use have increased 38%.
Weather related accidents are accidents that occur during rain, fog, snow or other dangerous driving conditions. 22% of car accidents are related to weather conditions.
Everyone has tried to beat a red light while driving at one time or another. The risk is definitely not worth the reward. An average of 705 people die from running red lights annually.
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