What are the Leading Causes of Car Accidents in the Tampa Area?

causes of car accidentsWhile there are a wide variety of factors that can play a role in an accident, there are a few leading causes of car accidents that are responsible for serious injuries time and time again.

Below we examine some facts and statistics about three of the leading causes of car accidents: distracted driving, drunk driving and speeding.

Distracted Driving

While most of us know that it can be dangerous to allow our attention to drift from the road, many drivers don’t realize just how dangerous distracted driving really is.

According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, distracted driving was responsible for some 421,000 auto accident injuries in 2012, up by 9 percent from the 387,000 injuries caused by distracted driving in 2011.

Drinking and Driving

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents in our area and throughout the country.

Drunk driving is responsible for about a third of all traffic-related fatalities according to the CDC. 10,228 individuals lost their lives in drunk driving accidents in 2010 alone. More than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence that year. About 112 million drunk driving incidents occur every year in the United States.

Speeding

In all too many cases, drivers don’t realize the risks of driving at excessive speeds until it’s too late.

According to the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration, speeding played a role in about 30 percent of all fatal traffic accidents in 2011, resulting in more than 9,900 deaths. Speed-related car accidents result in about $40.4 billion in economic costs to our society every year.

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