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The Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents in Wisconsin—and Beyond

Wisconsin automobile wrecks are an all-too-common occurrence on our roads. On a regular basis, drivers see vehicle carnage piled on the side of road and it has been reported that there is an accident occurring every minute of the day. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are 5.25 million auto accidents each year in the United States.

Our Wisconsin car crash lawyers at Hupy and Abraham compiled a list to bring awareness of the top causes of vehicular accidents to, perhaps, help you avoid them.

The Top 3 Causes for Automobile Accidents in the U.S.

  1. Driver Distractions.
    With so many things going on inside and outside of the vehicle, a motorist may take their eyes off the road for a few seconds and not even realize it - it only takes a split second for a distraction to cause a wreck. Some reports estimate as high as 50 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. are from distractions that shift the attention of drivers, and the increasing use of cell phones and GPSs have caused this number to rise. Other distractions also play a big part, such as passengers, eating, looking at scenery, adjusting stereo systems and rubbernecking.
  2. Driver Fatigue.
    Fatigue while driving is the second most common cause for traffic accidents, accounting for 100,000 wrecks each year in the United States. Driver fatigue accidents occur most often between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
  3. Driving Intoxicated.
    The third most common type of accident, and perhaps the most commonly talked about, is driving drunk. It is also the number one cause of all fatal car accidents. Drunk driving accounted for 16,654 deaths in 2004 alone.

Any type of accident can be a tragic and life-altering event. Seeing the facts can make one realize how common they are.

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If you have been involved in an auto wreck in Wisconsin, contact Hupy and Abraham, who have offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Appleton, for a free, confidential, no-obligation evaluation by calling toll-free (800) 800-5678 or using our online contact form.