Car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29, and nearly all of these fatalities are preventable. Some of the most common causes of fatal car accidents include:
- Distracted driving. This is a leading cause of car accidents and involves anything that takes a driver's attention away from the road, such as texting, eating, or adjusting the radio.
- Speeding. Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for road conditions is a major cause of car accidents. Speeding increases the impact force in a crash which amplifies injury severity and increases the risk of a fatal accident.
- Reckless driving. This includes behaviors such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and ignoring traffic signals.
- Driver fatigue. Driving while fatigued or drowsy can impair a driver's reaction time and judgment, and can lead to serious accidents.
- Drunk driving. Alcohol is a major contributing factor in fatal car accidents. About one-third of fatal crashes involved alcohol or another form of impaired driving.