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The different causes of fatal car accidents

As many New York motorists may know, geography often determines what circumstances cause fatal car accidents. Factors such as weather, reckless and drunk driving as well as dangerous road conditions are found in different areas of the country. In an effort to understand the cause of these incidents nationwide, data obtained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration involving fatal accidents occurring between 2009 and 2013 was analyzed by the Auto Insurance Center. The information involved passenger, pedestrian and driver fatalities.

The study looked at the type of driving behavior that was associated with fatal accidents on a state-by-state basis. The most common deviation from proper driving etiquette was the failure to remain in the appropriate lane. Others included not yielding to traffic, careless driving and overcorrecting. Road rage leading to a fatal auto accident was found most often in Indiana while reckless driving was a primary cause of death in Arkansas. Changing lanes erratically or improperly was most common in Delaware as well as New Mexico. Failure to yield was seen to happen most often in Mississippi.

Drunk driving leads to fatalities across the nation. However, it happens most frequently in some states rather than others on a per-capita basis. The states where it happened most commonly in the period studied were North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and South Carolina. It is thought that the lack of public transportation alternatives available to intoxicated drivers in some less-populous states may be a significant reason.

Fatal car crashes are often the result of negligent behavior behind the wheel. Surviving family members of a victim killed in a crash caused by a negligent driver may wish to speak with an attorney about the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.

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