What is the top cause of fatal motor vehicle accidents?

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2017 | fatal motor vehicle accidents

While there are several factors that can increase your chances of being in a crash, there are certain causes that seem to be the most likely to land you in a fatal motor vehicle accident. If you are on the road in Illinois, you need to be aware of other drivers straying from their designated lane, which is the top cause of motorist deaths across the state, according to Business Insider. Here are the biggest risks in the rest of the country.


There are nine factors that account for the most fatal car accidents in the United States. The majority of the states have the same top cause as Illinois, but several others claim driver fatalities are due to failure to yield the right of way, careless or reckless driving, or overcorrecting. There are also a few causes that are unique to a single state. They are as follows:


  •          Improper turn (California)
  •          Failure to adjust to a road obstruction (Rhode Island)
  •          Failure to adjust to the road surface (Alaska)
  •          Driving on the wrong side of the road (Pennsylvania)
  •          Operating a vehicle without the required equipment (Louisiana)


Researchers analyzed other factors and found that you are most likely to be killed by a speeding driver in Montana and a drunk driver in North Dakota.


After analyzing other risk factors across the United States, scientists found that you are more likely to be involved in a fatal accident in Illinois due to rain instead of snow, snow instead of fog, and crosswinds instead of sleet. This information is provided for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.