What are the leading causes of fatal accidents?

Apr 13 2023      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Personal Injury

Although cars become safer every year, the incidence of motor vehicle accidents in Illinois remains constant, with fatal accidents continuing to climb. About 13 accidents occur every minute, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While drivers cannot entirely prevent accidents, they can drive defensively and be aware of the most dangerous driving situations.

Fatal car crash statistics

A report released by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in May 2022 indicated that 42,915 motor vehicle accidents occurred in 2021, a 10.5% increase over the previous year. Illinois has 1.27 annually per 100 million miles traveled. The following are the top causes of fatal accidents in the United States:

  • Drunk driving
  • Lack of seatbelt use
  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving

Dangerous driving behaviors

Certain dangerous driving behaviors lead to fatal motor vehicle accidents. Staying out late or drinking alcohol can lead to these behaviors. Many drivers believe they can still drive safely when alcohol is involved. Consider these alarming statistics:

  • 41% thought that they could drive safely when their blood alcohol was over the legal limit.
  • Men were 150% more likely than women to drive after drinking.
  • Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 were most likely to be in an alcohol-related accident.

Car crash statistics continue to stay high

The NHTSA has noted that car crashes have remained high since 1994. However, factors have varied over the years involving various types of driver negligence, like distractions or disobeying traffic signs, resulting in personal injury. As the population has increased, so have fatal crashes, with alcohol-related crashing resulting in the most accidents. Even when fatalities have not occurred, victims often suffer debilitating injuries that may forever change their lives.

If you have suffered a severe injury in a motor vehicle accident or if a loved one has been killed, you may be able to file a claim against the negligent party. A successful lawsuit can result in compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical and living expenses, loss of future income and more.