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Common causes of car accidents

In the hustle and bustle of Chicago streets, car accidents are easy to get into. Car crashes are not uncommon in Illinois, as according to the Illinois Department of Transportation there were over 300,000 in 2016 alone. But what are the most common types of accidents?


Distracted driving

Distracted driving causes a lot of accidents, especially as one can distract oneself in any number of ways while behind the wheel. Distracted driving does not only include texting and driving or talking on the phone and driving. You can get distracted by passengers, eating and drinking or

According the Insurance Information Institute, distracted driving causes 14 percent of fatal crashes in 2016, with close to 3,500 fatalities.

Drowsy driving

Many people do not realize how dangerous driving while you are tired can be. Drowsy driving may be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. The CDC estimates that one in 25 individuals have fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past month.

When individuals are falling asleep behind the wheel, the possibility of a rear-end collision, driving off the road or driving into an oncoming lane of traffic increase exponentially.


Everyone wants to get to their destination as fast as they can, and it can be frustrating to be stuck behind a slow car. However, excessive speeding causes many accidents in Illinois.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association statistics show that over 10,000 individuals were killed in accidents due to speeding.

Distracted driving, driving while drowsy and speeding may be common for you while driving. It is easy to distract yourself, be tired and speed all in the same trip, but it can also cause great danger.

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