According to national statistics, over 37,000 people died in car accidents in one year and more than two million victims were seriously injured. In this year’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) identified the top causes of highway crashes, as well as recommendations on how to prevent these events.
The leading cause of car accidents are drivers who are impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. In one year, more than 30 percent of all fatal crashes involved a driver who had alcohol in their system. Currently, the standard legal limit for alcohol in all states is 0.08 percent, but the NTSB would like to see that lowered to 0.05 percent.
The opioid epidemic in this country is also contributing to an increase in fatal crashes caused by impaired drivers. The percentage is up to almost 10 percent of all fatal car accidents, compared to just 2 percent 20 years ago.
Speeding is also a major cause of vehicle crashes. Injuries in these car accidents are also more severe than in other types of crashes. Some of the factors that the NTSB address in fatal crashes caused by speeding includes:
- Speeding when weather and road conditions are wet increases the risk of fatal crashes because the required stopping distance is longer than a driver’s line of sight.
- Speeding by large trucks and buses increases the risk of crashes because of these vehicles required a greater distance and time for stopping than passenger vehicles.
- Distracted drivers who are speeding often fail to notice that traffic has slowed down or come to a stop until it’s too late.
- Fatigued driving accidents are steadily increasing, especially amoung commercial truck drivers. In particular, many of these drivers suffer from undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea. Another factor that contributes to these types of crashes is the almost impossible schedules that trucking companies place on their drivers, forcing truck drivers to drive more than is allowed under federal and state regulations.
- NTSB’s Most Wanted List to Reduce Truck Accidents
- When Minor Car Accidents Cause Major Injuries
- Car, Truck Breakdowns Cause Accidents
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