In 2019, Oklahomans were involved in over 73,000 car collisions. That’s a lot to look out for. So what are the most common causes of car collisions? That’s what we’re here to answer today.
Note: All stats are provided by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
It should come as no surprise the number 1 cause of car collisions across the country is distracted driving, which can be anything from texting to eating to playing with the radio. Even a split second of distraction can have massive consequences.
- 8,646 total collisions in Oklahoma caused by distracted driving
- 40 collisions were fatal
- 3,963 were on city streets
- 5,988 involved 2 vehicles; 1,779 involved 1 vehicle
- 2,693 drivers were 20–29 years old
- 1,874 were distracted by a smartphone or other electronic device
Speeding or aggressive driving
Nothing unexpected here either. Nearly everyone speeds at some point or another—we’re pleading the 5th. Aggressive driving is another matter though. Weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and cutting other drivers off are always recipes for disaster. Never do those things.
It’s always safe to travel the speed limit, but in some areas, the flow of surrounding traffic may be a bit faster. If that’s the case, it’s usually best to go with the flow, so to speak—just maintain distance from the car in front of you.
- 5,388 total collisions in Oklahoma caused by speeding
- 105 collisions were fatal
- 2,522 were on city streets; 1,965 were on interstate highways
- 4,856 involved 1 vehicle; 3,261 involved 2 vehicles
Driving while impaired (intoxicated or fatigued)
Whether impaired drivers are under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication or they’re just sleepy, they cause a lot of collisions. Sadly, while impaired driving doesn’t account for the most total collisions, it does cause the most fatal collisions.
- 3,171 total collisions in Oklahoma caused by alcohol or drug intoxication
- 146 collisions were fatal
- 1,424 were on city streets
- 1,563 involved 1 vehicle; 1,406 involved 2 vehicles
Bad weather conditions
Driving in inclement weather is unavoidable, but you have to exercise more caution to avoid wrecks. While poor road conditions don’t necessarily cause the wreck, they’re certainly a contributing factor in many collisions.
- 10,122 total collisions occurred in adverse weather conditions
- 7,274 collisions while raining
- 1,380 collisions while sleeting, hailing or snowing
- 41.7% of speed-related collisions cited adverse weather as a contributing factor
- 25.5% with rain or wet roadway
- 14.6% with ice or snow on roadway
- 1.7% with wind or other conditions
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