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The Most Common Causes of Automobile Accidents
A review of the statistics to determine the most common causes of automobile accidents.
# 153130 | 2,080 words | 9 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 03, 2013 in Medical and Health (First Aid and Safety)

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This paper reviews the reports and data on accidents and deaths and looks at recommendations from agencies on how to reduce the number of deaths on the nation's highways. The paper explores the leading cause of fatalities on the highways and discusses driver distraction, speeding, drugs and alcohol. The paper finds that many tragic deaths are avoidable and argues that using a phone, or doing text messaging, is a dangerous distraction and laws need to be put on the books to punish those who fail to observe the law.

The Literature Background - Accidents, Deaths, and Drivers' Survey
Literature Review - What is the Leading Cause of Fatalities on the Highways?
Literature Review - Focus on Driver Distraction

From the Paper:

"According to the AAAFTS, between 1985 and 2009, a total of 1,055,881 men, women and children were killed in violent automobile crashes. The AAA report ("2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index") claims that the leading cause of death for teenagers, children, and "young adults up to age 34" is traffic accidents in motor vehicles. In 2009, the AAA reports (based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation) 33,808 Americans died in traffic accidents, the lowest number of deaths in a single year since 1950. However, the fact is that 93 people are killed on the highways every day in the United States, which is of course too many, and the various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are committed to reducing that number and making highway travel safer.
"The long-term mission of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is to create "a social climate in which traffic safety is highly valued and rigorously pursued." In order to gauge the opinions and habits of American drivers, the AAA Foundation has conducted its Traffic Safety Culture Index survey annually for the past three years. In 2010, the survey involved 2,000 participants 16 years of age or older (conducted in English and Spanish); it was conducted between May 11 and June 7. The responses are reflective of how many U.S. drivers feel about conditions and dynamics today."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. (2010). 2010 Traffic Safety Culture Index. Retrieved January 27, 2011, from
  • Casey, David S. (2008). Causes of Automobile Fatalities. Ezine Articles. Retrieved January27, 2011, from
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2009). An Examination of Driver Distractionas Recorded in NHTSA Databases. Traffic Safety Facts. Retrieved January 28, 2011, from
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2008). Driver Distraction: A Review of theCurrent State-of-Knowledge. Retrieved January 27, 2011, from
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (2009). Policy Statement / Frequently AskedQuestions. Retrieved January 27, 2011, from

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