Leading Causes of Driving-Related Fatalities

by Terry Bryant


Driver Distractions

Driver Distractions

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently published Injury Facts 2015, detailing many statistics on unintended injuries, including auto accidents. The publication found that the three leading causes of driving-related fatalities are alcohol (30.8%), speeding (30%), and distracted driving (26%).

All three of these leading causes of fatalities can be prevented. First, don’t drink and drive. Arrange a safe ride home or volunteer to be the designated driver. Either of these choices protects against a car crash caused by driving impaired and a DWI for driving over the limit. Second, follow the posted speed limit. Driving over the speed limit compromises your reaction time to changing road conditions and other vehicles. Third, limit distractions when both behind the wheel and riding as a passenger.  Just because you are using a hands-free device when driving does not mean you are free of distractions.  If you need to make a call or send a text, pull over to the side of the road.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.