10 Most Common Causes of Accidents (And How to Avoid Them)

Posted on: January 23, 2019

In the United States, at least 30,000 people have been killed in car accidents every year since the mid-1940s. And for some years that number even eclipses 50,000 individuals.

The saddest aspect of this statistic is that almost every one of these accidents could have been avoided.

We wanted to share a list of the ten most common causes across the United States and how you can do your part do avoid them.

#1. Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Car Accidents

While we certainly understand people run late for everything from work to social events, driving is the last time to finish getting ready.

About nine people die every day due to distracted driving, making it one of the most fatal causes of car accidents.

Avoid texting and driving, doing your makeup at the wheel, and even talking on the phone at all costs.

#2. Speeding

Many drivers consider speed limit signs to merely be a suggested range, but the reality is that the posted number is an enforceable law.

Reverting back to the topic of running behind, it’s better to get to your destination a few minutes late, rather than not at all.

One of the best safe driving tips we can offer is to lighten up that lead foot and follow the posted speed limit.

#3. Drunk Driving

This is one of the most inexcusable reasons for car accidents in the year 2019.

According to the CDC, there is one death every 50 minutes in the United States due to an alcohol impaired driver at the wheel.

Even with the countless options ranging from designated drivers to rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, impaired drivers are still causing thousands of accidents every month.

If you ever know you’ll be drinking, ensure you have a plan in place to reach your destination once the party is over.

#4. Reckless Driving

Road rage.

Odds are we’ve all experienced this emotion at least once as a driver.

Others on the road can be frustrating at times, whether they’re driving too slow, too fast, or simply not paying attention.

The safest strategy is to drive defensively, allowing others to take the lead and merge whenever necessary.

#5. Bad Weather

Bad Weather Driving

The safest way to avoid car accidents in the rain and snow is to simply not drive at all when there’s bad weather.

But as we all know, that isn’t always an option.

So, if you find yourself caught up in a storm, make sure you drive slowly, stay focused, and keep a safe distance from the person in front of you.

#6. Running Red Lights & Stop Signs

These accidents tend to be caused by distracted drivers, but deserve a place all their own due to how common they have become.

Red lights are also commonly run because of poor timing after a light turns yellow.

Make sure to educate yourself on the dilemma zone to be aware of how to appropriately approach an intersection.

#7. Night Driving

Night Driving Accidents

Unfortunately, humans weren’t given the ability to see in the dark.

Even with streetlights, headlights, and lights from surrounding buildings, we will never be able to see everything happening when it’s dark outside.

A few nighttime safe driving tips include keeping your windshield clear of debris, using fog lights when needed, and avoid looking at oncoming lights.

#8. Lane Changes

If you ask a number of drivers what their biggest pet peeve is when it comes to driving, it is likely a large percentage of them would mention the use of blinkers.

More specifically when people don’t use them.

Every time someone changes lanes, there is a five-step process to follow:

  1. Turn on your blinker.
  2. Check your side and rearview mirrors.
  3. Check your blind spot by looking over the shoulder of the direction you’re merging.
  4. Once you’ve confirmed it is clear, slowly change lanes.
  5. Turn the blinker off once you are fully into the new lane.

#9. Deer Hits

Deer Hits & Accidents in Illinois

In the past year, more than 1.3 million auto accidents were reportedly caused by collisions with deer and other animals.

While Illinois isn’t the most common place for deer hits, there is still a one in 200 chance of drivers in the state colliding with animals each year.

To avoid these accidents, slow down in areas known for wildlife, monitor the sides of the road for movement, prepare to use your brakes, and avoid swerving if one is in the road.

#10. Tailgating

Have you ever seen a bumper sticker with small font that says “If you can read this, then you’re too close”?

While you may simply have great vision, the more likely concept is that you were tailgating.

Rear-end collisions account for 40% of all motor vehicle accidents.

To avoid rear-ending the car in front of you, ensure you always maintain a safe driving distance of at least three seconds.

Accidents Can’t Always Be Avoided

Though you should make every attempt to drive safely, even when you’re diligent as possible, car accidents can still happen.

If you ever find yourself with dents, dings, or major auto body damage, we are here to help.

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