BUFFALO, N.Y. – The number of deadly car crashes in American has been steadily declining since it peaked in the mid-1970’s. Still, dozens of deadly accidents happen on the roads each day. It’s estimated that over 30,000 people are killed each year.
Recently, the Auto Insurance Center wanted to analyze why so many lives are lost to car crashes. Researchers delved into driving behaviors and studied the specific causes leading to deadly accidents.
Fatal Crash Causes – Overview Via: Auto Insurance Center
The study found the dominant factor was failing to stay in a proper lane. Researchers said even the slightest contact across lanes could cause a deadly crash when two vehicles are traveling at high speeds.
Buffalo car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Cellino & Barnes said speed can often result in crashes with higher impacts, putting every driver and passenger at risk.
“It’s very rare to have a person treated for serious injuries when they’re involved in a low-speed crash in Buffalo,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “As speed increases, crashes can be exponentially more dangerous because there’s much more force during an impact.”
Researchers also ranked the states from most dangerous to least dangerous for each factor leading to a deadly accident:
Fatal Crash Causes – By State Via: Auto Insurance Center
Once again, speeding was consistently a factor in states with higher speed limits while New York, Michigan, Connecticut, and other northeastern states recorded some of the fewest speed-related crashes per capita.
Once again, speeding was consistently a factor in states with higher speed limits while New York, Michigan, Connecticut, and other northeastern states recorded some of the fewest speed-related crashes per capita. Montana was statistically the deadliest state for speed-related crashes. In fact, only four states have higher speed limits than Big Sky Country’s 75 miles-per-hour but not for long: Montana’s governor recently approved a bill that will make the speed limit on rural interstate highways 80 miles-per-hour despite the state being one of the deadliest in the nation.
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey maintain some of the lowest maximum speed limits in the nation. In Washington D.C., the maximum speed is capped at 55 miles-per-hour, lower than any state.
Fatal Crash Causes – Crosswinds vs Sleet Via: Auto Insurance Center
The latest study also analyzed what type of weather was most dangerous in each state. Crosswinds were prevalent in the southwest while sleet proved more dangerous east of the Rocky Mountains.
Fog was consistently a dangerous weather factor in the south and along the Pacific Coast while snow contributed to more crashes in the northeast, the Great Plains, and in states with higher elevations.
When comparing rain and snow, researchers found rain caused more deadly crashes in 39 of the 50 states.
“There are so many variables to consider when you’re behind the wheel,” Cellino said. “In New York State, we often think of snow as a dangerous condition but statistics show rain can make driving conditions just as dangerous.”
Fatal Crash Causes – Snow vs Rain Via: Auto Insurance Center
Buffalo car accident attorneys say the factors that contribute to deadly car crashes are very common, such as rain. Although not every crash is deadly, Cellino & Barnes car accident lawyers said it’s important to remember every crash can potentially be fatal.