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3 common causes of fatal car accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2024 | motor vehicle accidents

Driving is a daily activity for many, but it’s important to remember it carries inherent risks. While accidents can happen through no fault of your own, there are definitely situations you can control to minimize those risks.

Being aware of common causes of fatal car accidents is the first step towards defensive driving and a safer journey for yourself and others on the road.

Distracted driving

This broad category encompasses a multitude of distractions, from the ever-present temptation of using your phone to eating to adjusting the radio or even drowsy driving. Distracted driving takes your focus away from the road, hindering your reaction time and ability to anticipate hazards. To avoid getting distracted when you’re behind the wheel, put your phone away in a place where you can’t reach it while driving. Additionally, if you need to use navigation, activate voice guidance beforehand. It would help if you also habitually pull over to a safe location for any activity that requires taking your eyes off the road.


Did you know that speed limits are not arbitrary suggestions? They are set based on road conditions, traffic volume and pedestrian safety. It’s also crucial to acknowledge that the faster you go, the less time you have to react to unexpected situations. Furthermore, speeding increases the severity of any potential collision. Always obey the posted speed limit to help minimize your risk of getting involved in a fatal accident. Additionally, adjust your speed further for adverse weather conditions or heavy traffic. More importantly, leave ample space between yourself and the car in front of you; a safe following distance could save you from a rear-end collision.

Impaired driving

This includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, both prescription and recreational. You should know that even small amounts of impairment can significantly affect your judgment, coordination and reaction time. To avoid getting behind the wheel while impaired, plan a designated driver or use a ride-sharing service if you’ve been consuming alcohol. Also, be aware of the potential side effects of medications and avoid driving if they may impair your ability.

By understanding these common causes of fatal accidents and taking preventive measures, you can significantly improve your safety and those around you on the road. But remember, you can still get involved in a car accident due to another driver’s reckless behavior. Should this happen, be sure to enlist legal guidance as you pursue compensation for your injuries. And should you tragically lose a loved one due to another’s negligence, know that you may be in a position to seek compensation as well.