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Most common types of car accidents revealed
Many deadly car accidents don't involve more than one car.
We compared the events leading up to fatal car accidents in every state, including those in which a car rolled over or drove through an intersection. But the most common types of car accidents may not be what you’d think.
What are the most common types of car accidents?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, roadway departures, or driving over an edge or center line, cause 52% of car accident fatalities in the US. Single-vehicle crashes are also notoriously deadly, and are the top cause of fatalities in many states, including California, Florida and New York.
About 20% of road deaths involved speeding or happened in intersections, so watch out when turning at a light or stop sign.
Most common types of fatal car accidents in every state
Some states have more deadly crashes overall. For example, while Wyoming is the least populated state, it has more road fatalities than Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island or Vermont.
|State||Total fatalities – all crashes||Single vehicle||Large truck||Speeding||Rollover||Road departure||Intersection|
Why do these states have higher fatal car accident numbers?
The states with the highest rate of road fatalities have several things in common. Because these states have more cities with large populations, these states also have more traffic, which increases the risks of car accidents. Some of these states also see a higher rate of visitors, which means more seasonal traffic piled on streets and highways that are already full of residents.
Another factor in driving deaths is drunk driving. The three states with the most road deaths – Texas, Florida and California – also have the highest rate of drunk driving deaths. And many of the states with high rates of road deaths also have a higher percent of drunk driving deaths relative to the state population, such as Ohio and Tennessee.
How to prevent the most common car accidents
No matter which state you live in, you can prevent road fatalities by being a smart driver:
- Avoid distractions like cell phones and other digital devices.
- Drive defensively and be prepared for other drivers to make unpredictable moves.
- Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Stay in the right lane or stick to one lane. More accidents tend to happen when changing lanes.
- Avoid driving during peak hours like rush hour to avoid commuter wrecks, or late at night to avoid drunk drivers.
Which state you live in can affect how you’re most likely to die in a car accident, but you can reduce the risk of that happening at all by driving defensively and paying attention to the roads. And you can reduce the cost of a nonfatal accident by picking up a comprehensive insurance policy.
Questions about the most common car accidents
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