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Triple Threat: Speeding, Alcohol, and Distractions Top the List of Causes for Missouri Car Crashes

Cars don't cause car accidents—people do. Specifically, three types of people contribute to the majority of serious car crashes in Missouri and nationwide, say experts.

According to the most recent data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the top three causes of accidents throughout the state are (in no particular order):

  • Speeding
  • Alcohol
  • Driving distractions

This triple threat contributed to last year's 825 traffic fatalities in Missouri, an increase of 39 deaths from 2011. That doesn't even take into account the hundreds of crash-related injuries, many of which demand months of recovery and thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Let's take a look at how these three drivers think and what it means to victims like you.

The Speedster

Inside the Mind: Forget those pesky speed limit signs. They're just a suggestion, right? Besides, I'm already running late, and I've got to make up time somewhere. Everybody does it. What harm could it really do?

The Danger: It's elementary physics – the faster the car, the greater the impact.

The Drunk

Inside the Mind: Oh, I'm not that drunk. I can still see. I'm fine to drive. Besides, I don't want anyone else driving my car, and I definitely don't want to leave the car here overnight.

The Danger: Often, drunk drivers don't realize how much their reflexes have slowed. They may truly think they're OK until that fateful moment when their dulled senses can't keep the car in line to avoid a crash.

The Multi-Tasker

Inside the Mind: I have so much to do and not enough time. I'll just have to finish eating in the car and maybe catch up on that briefing for work while I'm driving. I'm an expert at multitasking, so it's no problem.

The Danger: It only takes two seconds worth of distractions to cause a serious St. Louis car accident. No one is that good.

This triple threat causes hundreds of auto accidents on a daily basis. If you've been the victim of a serious car accident in Missouri, Illinois, or Colorado, we're here to help.

At the Law Office of Alvin Wolff, Jr., we have experience representing victims like you. We know how to work the legal system to get you the compensation you need. For a free consultation with an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer or to request your free copy of our book, The Guide On How To Pick A Lawyer, call 877-241-1020.