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What are the top 2 causes of car crashes?

We often hear on the news about how a drunk or distracted driver caused a car crash and for good reason.

Distracted driving ranks as the No. 1 cause of car crashes in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It can take on many forms. It can involve a person talking or texting on the phone while driving, a motorist becoming involved in a deep conversation or even eating or reading while behind the wheel.

Researchers working on a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study nearly a decade ago concluded that some 80 percent of all car crashes were caused by motorists consuming fast food while driving. It's unclear if additional research has been conducted to understand whether food consumption continues to be as potentially crash-inducing as it once was.

What is clear, however, is that since then, motorists have found another distraction in smartphones. It's likely that the number of crashes that are caused by motorists being distracted by their personal electronic devices has grown to exceed those caused by fast food.

As for the second highest cause of car crashes, it is drunk or drugged driving. The CDC reports that at least 33 percent of all car crashes that occur in the United States are caused by drunk drivers. While not all of the 1 million motorists who will be arrested for drunk or drugged driving each year will cause crashes, a significant number will.

An even larger number of intoxicated drivers will drive alongside us on the roads and never get stopped. They'll continue to do so over and over again until they are caught.

If you've been struck either by a distracted or intoxicated motorist and suffered serious injuries as a result, then a Queens attorney can counsel you as to whether you may have a valid personal injury claim.

Source: The Columbia Chronicle, "What causes car accidents?," accessed April 27, 2018

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