Why car accidents are becoming more severe

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence on Georgia roads, and statistics show that they have become more severe in recent years. There are several reasons why this is the case, ranging from changes in driving habits to advances in vehicle technology, and taking steps to mitigate accident risks should be a top priority.

Distracted driving

One of the biggest factors contributing to increasing car accident severity is distracted driving. With the ubiquitous use of smartphones and other devices, drivers are more likely to be distracted while behind the wheel. Even a momentary distraction can have serious consequences, as it only takes a split second for an accident to occur.


Speeding has always been a contributing factor in motor vehicle crashes, but it has become even more prevalent in recent years. Drivers are more likely to drive at high speeds, which can result in more severe impacts and fatalities.

Larger vehicles

Another factor that has contributed to the severity of car accidents is the increasing popularity of larger vehicles such as SUVs and pickup trucks. These vehicles are heavier and more difficult to control, which can make accidents more severe.

Advancements in vehicle technology

While advancements in vehicle technology have made cars safer in many ways, they have also contributed to the severity of accidents. For example, features such as anti-lock brakes and airbags can make drivers feel more invincible and therefore cause them to drive more recklessly. Furthermore, features such as blind spot monitoring and backup cameras can create a false sense of security, leading drivers to take more risks on the road.

Changes in driving habits

Drivers are more likely to drive at night or in adverse weather conditions, which can increase accident risk. Additionally, drivers are more likely to be fatigued or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which can impair their ability to drive safely.

Mitigating accident risks

It is crucial for drivers to be aware of these factors and take steps to reduce their risk of being involved in a serious accident, such as staying focused on the road, obeying speed limits and avoiding driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. By working together, motorists and authorities can help make roads safer for everyone.