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What are some common causes of fatal car accidents?

You may have been making a turn when you were hit, or maybe a driver failed to stop at a red light at an intersection. Whatever the cause was for your accident, you know that you need to obtain compensation to pay for your medical costs and the time you've missed from work. Your attorney can help you file a claim against the other driver's insurance, so you can focus on recovering.

Something you may be interested in knowing is the most common cause of fatal crashes in your state. The causes of car accidents vary by state, surprisingly, and New York is one of the safer states for some common driving errors like speeding or drunk driving. This is best explained by the fact that each state has its own rules and regulations, laws and even differing weather conditions that impact the way people act within state boundaries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, data from 2009 to 2013 was used to determine the most common causes of fatal crashes in each state. Here are a few examples. In New York, the failure to stay in the proper lane is the most common cause of fatal crashes. Florida, in contrast, has most fatal accidents caused by reckless or careless driving.

Improper turns are the leading cause of fatal accidents in California, while driving on the wrong side of the road is a main cause in Pennsylvania. In Kentucky, overcorrecting leads to most fatal accidents, while failing to yield to the right of way is a common cause in Wisconsin.

Interestingly, New York is the state with the least number of drunk driving crashes, beat out only by the capitol, Washington, D.C. Speeding is less likely to be a cause of fatal collisions in New York, which places third in the nation for the least crashes related to speeding.

Source: Business Insider, "This map shows what causes the most fatal car crashes in each US state," Matthew Speiser, accessed July 07, 2016

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