What are the Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Nevada?

Las Vegas is one of the most populated cities in Nevada and is home to dozens of attractions that keep the visitors flocking in each year. The overreliance on roadways by locals and tourists alike is perhaps the leading cause of car accidents in the state, occurring secondary to human error.

According to LVMPD records, there were 5,251 accidents investigated within the confines of the city by the end of June 2015. The incidents led to 2,500 arrests for drunk driving. NHTSA believes that most of the factors that cause collisions are preventable and include: aggressive driving, DUI, fatigue, distracted driving, and so on. Let’s have a closer look at these causes:

Driver-related causes

According to the NHTSA, most of these collisions that occur while driving in Vegas are caused by driver behavior. Examples of these causes include:

Distractions

Distraction is perhaps the leading cause of accidents in Nevada today. Many drivers often indulge in things that take their mind from driving – or rather, splits their attention from the road. Distraction may include things like texting, calling, eating, conversing with other people in the car, listening to music, among other things. Such distractions take the driver’s cognitive, visual, and manual attention from the road.

Aggressive driving

Aggressive driving is yet another major cause of road accidents in Nevada. It involves things like speeding, among other traffic violations where the driver fails to observe the rules and regulations defined by the road traffic laws.  When a driver drives too fast for current conditions or exceeds the speed limit, he/she increases the chances of an accident, and its severity because of the magnified impact. Other violations may include things like tailgating (or following another vehicle too closely), running a red light, driving with broken taillights or headlights and failing to yield to the right of way. Studies show that people who are hungry, tired, drunk, or stressed are the ones who tend to drive aggressively.

Drunk driving

This one is a no-brainer. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs judgment, reaction time, vision, and physical abilities. This makes it hard for the driver to coordinate their mind and actions. DUI accounts to about a third of all traffic fatalities in the US every year.

External causes

Although many accidents happen due to the driver’s wrongdoing or negligence, some still occur because of other external factors. Have a look at these examples:

Dangerous roadways

Hazardous roads make it hard for even the most experienced drivers to drive safely. Poorly maintained and improperly designed roads may lead to fatal accidents.

Defective auto parts

Poorly manufactured or designed car parts can break down at the worst possible time resulting in an accident. Unintended acceleration, tire blowouts, and brake failure are some examples of these defects that can lead to a collision.

Weather conditions

Snow, fog, and rain may reduce visibility – and poor visibility can be dangerous, especially to drivers who do not know how to adjust. Water in the road may also cause the road to be slippery, leading to accidents.

 

News Reporter

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