Top Causes of Car Accidents

Top Causes of Car Accidents and Wrecks 

Even with the almost constant advances in safety technology, car accidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 2.7 million people were injured in auto accidents in 2018, and over 36,500 were killed due to a motor vehicle accident. These shocking numbers lead to one serious question among drivers, what are the top causes of car accidents?

When you dig down to the root of most car accidents, the predominant cause is human error. That single category accounts for almost 95% of all accidents. But breaking that huge blanket group down sheds light on more disturbing news. Most accidents are easily avoidable if drivers simply focus on their driving and make a few responsible choices when their abilities are impaired.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving covers all the accidents that occurred when someone was behind the wheel and multi-tasking. Some common distractions include texting, talking on the phone, reading, grooming, and eating. Without constant and total attention, driving a car can be hazardous for you and everyone around you.

Drunk Driving

This deliberate choice is one of the worst that anyone can ever make. Driving while under the influence puts your life at risk and the lives of everyone around your car. Over two dozen people die each day in the United States at the hands of drunk drivers.

Being In A Hurry

This is another category that covers much ground. People who are in a hurry might be late or simply impatient. But they are all guilty of driving too fast, running red lights, and being too aggressive. Research has found that 40% of all car accidents occur at an intersection. Waiting your turn at a red light is the best way to avoid being involved and injured in a car accident.


We all have our limits on focus and the length of time we can remain focused while driving. Pushing for a few extra miles on a long drive or driving after a tiring day are common causes of car accidents. When you notice that you are feeling a bit drowsy, your reaction time and level of attention are already at a dangerous level. Stop for a break and only resume driving when you can focus.

Accidents Not Related to Human Error

Some car accidents are beyond human control. The road conditions, weather, or condition of the vehicle can be the cause of an accident. In these cases, it is up to the driver to be extra vigilant to avoid harm. Slow down in poor weather or when road conditions are not optimal. Driving below the posted speed limit is perfectly legal and acceptable if there are extenuating circumstances like wet pavement or damaged roadways. The responsible driver will only go as fast as they are comfortable, given the specific conditions.

If you are involved in a car accident, call Bob Moore Collision at 405-454-8300 or use our online scheduling tool for an appointment for a free collision repair estimate.