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Here’s a statistic that will blow your mind: on average, there are a whopping 16,438 car crashes in the U.S. per day. 

Yes, you read that right- over 16,000 car accidents happen each day. Of course, not all of these crashes are fatal, or even especially serious, but if you’ve ever had to file a police report after being hit by an uninsured motorist in a fender bender, you know just how time-consuming and annoying that can be. 

And that’s if you’re one of the lucky ones. Of these thousands of car accidents occurring in America on a daily basis, an estimated 1.25 million people around the globe are killed in one each year. That’s an average of 3,287 deaths per day. 

Now, can you try to guess the leading cause of these car accidents? You’ll be surprised to find out that it’s not weather, vehicle malfunction, or even alcohol that causes the most car accidents- though each of these factors still contribute significantly to the massive number of accidents per year.

Distracted driving - the act of letting your concentration leave the road to pay attention to a number of other distractions - is the top cause of car accidents each year

The number one cause of car accidents is, in fact, distracted driving.

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That’s right. Distracted driving - the act of letting your concentration leave the road to pay attention to a number of other distractions - is the top cause of car accidents each year, with an estimated 9% of all fatal accidents in 2017 stemming from a distracted-driving situation. 

In 2019 3,142 people lost their lives due to distracted driving accidents, with hundreds of thousands more sustaining injuries in crashes caused by becoming distracted by something else while behind the wheel. Teens and young adults are most at risk of becoming distracted while driving, with 25% of all distracted driving accidents in the U.S. in 2018 being caused by drivers aged 20-29. 

While we always tend to think of texting while driving when we think of distracted driving accidents, the phrase “distracted driving” is really a catch-all for anything that takes our attention away from the road as we drive. This could be anything: having to settle a fight between kids in the backseat, entering information into a GPS, or even having the radio on too loud. In fact, 80% of all car crashes are caused by- guess what?- eating while driving! While texting, gaming or looking at your smartphone gets the bulk of the blame for distracted driving- and deservedly so- you may be engaging in other distracted driving behaviors every day without even knowing it. 

So what can you do to ensure that you won’t end up as one of the distracted driving accident statistics? Your Colorado car accident attorney may have some tips. Also, here’s some tips to keep in mind:

Set some ground rules with your family and friends about keeping noise levels to a minimum while driving.

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  • Make it a point never to eat in your car.
  • Pull over and get some shut-eye when you get tired while driving on a long, cross-country road trip.
  • And perhaps most importantly, keep your phone in a safe place, like a glove compartment, where it can’t be easily accessed by you behind the wheel. 

Stay safe this summer - and always - by keeping your eyes and attention on the road at all times!