The number of people who are injured or killed in automobile accidents every year remains high, despite of the government's efforts to promote safer roads. In fact, statistics show that around 34,017 people died due to motor vehicle crashes in 2008 alone.

Different laws have been implemented in the aim of educating drivers regarding the danger of automobile accidents. However, creating and implementing laws will not be enough if drivers choose to ignore them.

Here are some of the major causes of automobile accidents, which are connected with negligent driving:

Aggressive driving

The New York State Police said a driver may be guilty of aggressive driving if he operates his vehicle in a bold, pushy, or selfish manner, without considering the rights and safety of other road users. Examples of aggressive driving include the following:

  • Physical assaults

  • Ignoring traffic signals

  • Aggressive tailgating

  • Failure to yield the right-of-way

  • Changing lanes in a dangerous manner

If you encounter an aggressive driver, you can protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Maintain a proper following distance
  • Remain calm
  • Avoid overtaking

Drunk driving

Drivers are fully aware that drinking alcoholic beverages will impair the driving skills and can lead to an accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 16,654 people died in alcohol-related accidents in 2004 alone.

Accidents caused by it can be prevented if drivers will avoid drinking too much if they know that they are going to drive afterwards.


Driver distractions significantly increase the risk of an accident because they prohibit drivers from seeing possible dangers on the road. According the American Automobile Association, around 25-50% of all motor vehicle crashes in the United States are caused by driver distraction.

Rubbernecking is a common cause of driver distraction. According to statistics, at least 16% of all distraction-related accidents resulted from it.

Drowsy driving

Driver fatigue is responsible for around 100, 000 crashes in the country annually, as seen in the records of NHTSA. The risk of an accident is greatest during the time when people usually sleep, which is from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Here are some of the signs that indicate driver fatigue:

  • Feeling irritable or fidgety

  • Frequent yawning

  • Heavy eyelids