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Common Causes of Car Accidents in Connecticut

Texting and Driving
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in Connecticut. Understanding their common causes can help you stay safe on the road.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents in the United States. Distracted driving can include anything from texting while driving to eating and drinking behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that distracted driving is responsible for more than 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries each year. To avoid distracted driving, it is important to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on the task of driving. Put away your phone and other distractions while driving and avoid engaging in activities that could take your focus away from the road.


Speeding is another major cause of Connecticut car accidents. According to the NHTSA, speeding is responsible for more than 10,000 deaths each year across the United States. Speeding also increases the risk of serious injury in an accident. To avoid speeding, it is important to obey the speed limit and drive at a safe speed for the conditions. If you are driving in bad weather or unfamiliar territory, it is important to slow down and be extra cautious.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is another major cause of car accidents in Connecticut. Alcohol-impaired driving claims more than 10,000 lives in the U.S. each year. To avoid driving under the influence, it is important to never drink and drive. If you plan to drink, make sure you have a designated driver or use a rideshare service to get home safely.

Fatigued Driving

Fatigued driving is another leading cause of traffic collisions. The NHTSA estimates that fatigued driving is responsible for more than 1,500 deaths each year. To avoid fatigued driving, it is important to get enough sleep before driving, take regular breaks while driving, and avoid driving when you are feeling tired.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving is another common cause of car accidents. Aggressive driving can include anything from tailgating to weaving in and out of traffic. According to the NHTSA, 1,000 deaths can be attributed to aggressive driving each year. To avoid aggressive driving, it is important to stay calm and courteous while on the road. Allow other drivers the right of way and avoid engaging in activities that could put you and other drivers at risk.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Connecticut, the experienced attorneys at David A. Zipfel & Associates, LLC can help. We understand the complexities of car accident cases and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.