Most Common Types of Car Accidents (infographic)

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There are more than 2 million automobile crashes every year in the U.S. More than 37,000 of these crashes are fatal, and almost all of them are preventable. Let’s take a look at some of the statistics, and see how we can all work together to reduce the number of collisions.

The 5 Most Commonly Reported Accidents

Infographic - Car Accidents and Reasons

I Struck Another Car (22.7%): The greatest number of accident-related insurance quotes are from motorists who struck another vehicle.

Another Car Struck Me (22.2%): On the other side of the coin, about 22 percent of accidents are reported by victims struck by another vehicle.

Single-Car Accident (7.9%): A single-car accident may be caused by a large animal, falling debris, or a loss of control over the vehicle.

Act of Nature (5.8%): From earthquakes to floods to lightning, acts of nature can spell devastation for unsuspecting motorists.

Collision with a Parked Car or Tree (5.4%): Collisions with stationary objects can be pretty embarrassing, but they do happen.

Most Commonly Damaged Auto Parts in a Collision

  1. Front Bumper (28%)
  2. Headlights (21%)
  3. Fender (21%)
  4. Rear Bumper (20%)
  5. Grille (20%)

Tips for Accident Prevention

Keep Your Eyes on the Road. Even momentary distractions, like cell phones and radio buttons, can spell disaster.

Stay Out of the Fast Lane. The vast majority of highway accidents occur in the far left lane, and accidents are far more dangerous at high speeds.

Keep Up with Your Routine Maintenance. A poorly maintained car is an accident waiting to happen, so keep yours in excellent shape.

Eliminate Blind Spots. Blind spots account for more than 840,000 accidents every year in the U.S. You can reduce blind spots with the help of an aftermarket blind spot system.

Take Your Time. Finally, don’t be in such a hurry to get to your destination. Slow down, be aware of your surroundings, and share the road.