- Take their hands from the wheel
- Avert their eyes from watching the roadway
- Let their thoughts wander from the task of driving safely
Over half of the distracted driving fatalities claimed the lives of other people. Seventy-one people were killed in MO distracted driving crashes. More so, 74% of distracted drivers in fatal crashes involved persons over 21 years.
Also, one of the most troubling and spreading causes of auto accidents is texting and driving. Texts may distract you while driving and cause an accident. That may harm everyone in the car and other drivers and passengers.
Car Accidents Caused by Speeding and Reckless Driving
Speeding contributed to 29% of all traffic fatalities. In 2021, over 12,330 deaths resulted from overspeeding. Whatever the situation, driving fast contributes to car accidents.
Speeding poses hazards to the driver and occupants of other vehicles on the roadway. Quickly slowing down while speeding is challenging and can result in serious injury accidents. Running red lights, changing lanes, and tailgating can also cause collisions.
There are several reasons speeding leads to a likelihood of a car accident. They include the following:
- There is a shorter driver response time.
- There is a longer stopping distance.
- There is a greater chance the driver will lose control of the car.
Car Accidents Caused by Drinking and Driving
We’ve all heard, read, or seen horror stories about what happens due to drunk driving. You and other road users are at risk when a drunken driver is on the road. Impaired drivers in St. Louis City were responsible for over half of fatalities. In 2020, 32% of Missouri’s car accident fatalities involved drunk driving. In 2021, 215 people were killed, and 713 were seriously injured due to drunk driving.
It is never a good idea to drive after drinking alcohol, regardless of how much or little you have. Driving when intoxicated makes paying attention on the road difficult. That usually leads to severe accidents, fatal injuries, and disabling injuries.
Difficult Weather Conditions
Wind, fog, rain, snow, sleet, ice, and other poor weather conditions can all be dangerous for driving. Rain and fog can obstruct a driver’s visibility. That makes it challenging to maintain the vision of the other vehicles and the road itself. A driver may also lose vehicle control in wet weather, causing accidents.
A vehicle’s traction can reduce due to snow and ice, making rapid stops and fast bends risky.
Not wearing seatbelts is a leading cause of accident-related deaths during lousy weather.