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What are common causes of car accidents?

There are many common risky behaviors and distractions that people have while driving, but cell phone use tops the list. There is no safe way to use a cell phone while driving. Every year over 25 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are attributed to cell phone use.

Driving under the influence is a deadly proposition. Consuming alcohol, prescription drugs, or even some over the counter drugs can impair a person's ability to make clear decisions while driving. The best solution is to always drive sober. People should plan in advance, and if they plan to drink outside the home, they should make sure there is a sober driver or another safe way to drive home.

Driving while angry, or under other emotional duress, can impair a person's ability to drive safely. People should plan ahead, leave early, so that they don't feel stressed to arrive at their destination in less time.

Speeding is also a factor in over a third of all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Most people think that speeding is only a problem on interstate highways. However, the majority of fatal crashes occur in neighborhood streets at under highway speeds.

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