Car manufacturers continue to add safety features to new models. But those additional safety features do not result in fewer accidents. In contrast, the number of people dying from car accidents continues to climb. Whether you are driving in Virginia or anywhere else in the country, certain factors contribute to your chances of having a fatal car accident.
Distracted driving keeps increasing
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people die every day in the U.S. due to a crash caused by distracted driving. The term distracted driving refers to any activity that takes your attention away from the road.
Examples of distracted driving include:
- Talking on the phone
- Sending a text
- Eating while driving
- Arguing with someone in the vehicle
Failure to yield creates problems for you and other drivers
Auto accidents may be deadly when drivers fail to yield. This failure may occur on the highway, at red lights, or at stop signs. If you are in a hurry and the light is yellow, that is an invitation to slow down, not to go faster. The extra few seconds you are trying to save may end up costing you your life.
Impaired driving may not be your fault
Impaired driving kills 32 people every day in the United States. Impaired driving can include alcohol or drugs. While you can prevent yourself from being impaired when you get behind the wheel, many accidents with impaired drivers kill passengers and people in oncoming traffic.
Speeding is not harmless
Speeding drivers cause many serious and fatal car accidents. The faster they go, the less reaction time they have. This has been especially apparent in the past few years, during the span of time when there were fewer cars on the road.
Safety features are less powerful than human error
While car safety features are added to more cars every year, human error continues to cause deadly accidents. Only through a combination of behavior changes and safer vehicles will car accident deaths decrease.