Statistics about fatal motor vehicle collisions could prove eye-opening. Many people are unaware of how dangerous many drivers many on Washington roads are. When a government agency provides data about accidents and their causes, troubling trends might become visible. Recognizing and understanding the reasons for crashes may allow drivers to adjust their behavior or operate vehicles more defensively.
Defensive skills may be critical to avoid a fatal collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 42,000 people lost their lives in fatal road accidents in 2021 alone. Distracted driving is the main cause of deadly collisions, as such accidents cost 3,142 people their lives in 2020.
Distracted driving remains a problem that seems to increase even when people learn about the dangers. Bad habits behind the wheel or a preoccupation with in-car technology may divert attention from the road. Accidents could result when someone’s attention is not where it should be.
Not surprisingly, speeding also plays a role in the high number of fatal traffic accidents each year. Excessive speeds make evading collisions harder. Drivers suffer from decreased reaction times when speeding, which adds to the dangers. Speeding also increases the impact of a crash, and greater impact could inflict more severe injuries.
Dangers on the road
Drunk and intoxicated driving continues to cause auto accidents. Decreased reactions and perceptions are common problems with impaired drivers. Anyone who drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs could have a fatal accident. However, intoxication and impairment are not limited to persons using alcohol or drugs. Even a legal prescription or over-the-counter medicine may cause impairments.