TOP CAUSES OF CAR ACCIDENTS
94% of collisions were caused by the driver of the vehicle while 2% were attributed to an issue with the vehicle according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This study estimated that 94% or 2,046,000 collision were caused by the driver of the vehicle.
SPEEDING: 13.3% of accidents caused by going to fast for conditions or roadway. Speeding is easily on of the top causes of traffic collisions involving light vehicles.
DISTRACTED DRIVING: 17.7% of accidents were caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is very prevalent among drivers now as people are texting and driving or utilizing other digital devices while on the road.
FATIGUE: 2.4%. People driving while tired is extremely dangerous and has a higher likelihood of involving a fatality.
VEHICLE RELATED CAUSES: Only 2% or 44,000 collisions were attributed to a defect or system failure with the vehicle
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS CAUSES: 2% or 52,000 collisions were attributed to roadway or weather
SLICK/ICED OVER ROADS: 26,000 or 50%
OBSTRUCTION IN ROAD: 9,000 or 17%
FOG/RAIN/SNOW: 5,000 or 4%