What are the most common causes of car accidents?

Car accidents are extremely common in the United States, with an estimated five to six million police-reported crashes occurring each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The leading causes of car accidents fall into one of two broad categories: human error or choice, and anything—and everything—else.

Human error is the most common cause of vehicle collisions, playing a role in more than 94 percent of crashes. Examples of accident causes attributed to driver error include:

  • causes-of-car-accidents-distracted-drivingDistracted driving. In 2015 alone, approximately 391,000 people were injured—and 3,477 were killed—in accidents caused by distracted driving behaviors such as talking or texting on a cell phone, eating, drinking, or using an in-vehicle entertainment or navigation system.
  • Drunk driving. More than 10,000 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2015, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic-related fatalities.
  • Reckless driving. Driver behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, weaving, making improper lane changes, and ignoring traffic signs and signals result in thousands of accidents and injuries each year.
  • Drowsy driving. In 2013, fatigued drivers caused approximately 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths, according to NHTSA estimates.

Some of the most common causes of the remaining six percent of accidents include:

  • Vehicle design defects
  • Poorly designed roads
  • Inadequate road maintenance
  • Inclement weather conditions

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