Top Causes of Car Accidents

Posted on: February 24th, 2017 by Accurate Auto Body Shop 1 Comment

what causes the most accidents What are the Top Causes of Car Accidents?

It was a sobering year when it came to traffic collisions and fatalities in Denver. Sadly, there was an 11 percent increase in deaths associated with traffic collisions on Colorado roadways in 2016 – far outpacing the increase in population. This accounts for 605 deaths, including 125 motorcyclist deaths and a 15-year high of 84 pedestrian fatalities. So, what causes the most accidents here in Colorado and the Denver area? As your auto body repair team, we have taken a look at some of the statistics to try and find an answer.

#1 Cause of Accidents – Distracted Driving

According to officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), what causes the most accidents, and is the culprit of our recent spike, is distracted driving. Depending on the data, distracted driving accounts for anywhere from 25 to 50 percent of all accidents. Despite making upgrades to intersections, such as putting in grade separated crossings and creating clear zones, those modifications cannot overcome driver behaviors when it comes to being distracted.

The increase of connected devices in vehicles, especially smartphones, creates the most distraction. And, while many phones are hands-free and Bluetooth connected, studies show that does not decrease distraction on the road. Also, new hands-free functions on smartphones do not decrease distraction. Lastly, more people are using their smartphones to stream music in their car. When they do, they become distracted as they sort through playlists and try to find what music to play.

Car Accident Causes: Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is also among the leading causes of accidents in Colorado. In fact, in 2015, 32 percent of fatal accidents involved alcohol use. Unfortunately, drunk driving continues to be a problem in Colorado, as we are among the top states when it comes to this statistic.

Causes of Car Accidents: Reckless Driving and Speeding

An estimated 34 percent of 2014 traffic deaths in Colorado were due to just driving too fast. And, this can increase during inclement weather. While accidents do increase in the snow and ice, they are rarely cited as the actual reason for the accident. Instead, it is likely driving too fast for the conditions, which is considered speeding or reckless driving.

How to Use this Information

When it comes to driving in Colorado, just be aware out there. Put away all the distractions while you are on the road and recognize that you are responsible for the life of other motorists and pedestrians. Also, CDOT officials say the number one thing that can reduce fatalities is simply using your seat belt. But, if you find yourself in need of body repair, give us a call at 303-344-2212 or contact us online.

One Response

  1. Road safety should be the top priority when driving to avoid accidents. And I agree that driving under influence is one of it.

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