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Top 5 Causes of Car Accidents

As the seventh most populated state in the country, Ohio streets have seen their fair share of car accidents. According to the latest data collected in 2011, there were a total of 292,163 auto accidents in Ohio — 941 of which were fatal.

While it may seem like something that will never happen to you, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. And while it may not be possible to completely eliminate the risk of getting into a car accident, there are many ways to lower it.

The Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Ohio

1. Distracted Driving

As the top cause of car accidents in the United States, thousands of accidents happen every day in America because of distracted drivers. Whether because drivers are texting on their cell phone, adjusting the radio, or eating food at the wheel, the best way to protect yourself and others on the road is to never attempt to drive and multitask.

2. Speeding

For the last two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. Speeding is so dangerous because it reduces your reaction time, increases the time it takes your car to stop and increases your chances of sustaining an injury even in the event of a small accident.

3. Drunk Driving

Getting behind the wheel of a car, even after just one or two drinks, significantly increases your chances of being involved in an accident because alcohol affects your reaction time and judgment.

4. Poor Weather

While the best way to avoid driving in poor weather is to stay at home, we know that’s not always possible. Rain, snow, and sleet affect both a driver’s vision and the condition of the road, making it incredibly dangerous to drive in inclement weather.

5. Failing to Obey Traffic Signs

Trying to make a red light or rolling through a stop sign may not seem like a big deal to many long-time drivers, but it’s decisions like these that can quickly land you in a dangerous situation. Even if the roads are empty, you should always obey every traffic sign.

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