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How many car crashes are blamed on weather?

When it comes to motor vehicle crashes, there are many different factors that can cause an accident. For example, a wreck may happen because of someone’s poor decision to drive after drinking alcohol or while under the influence of drugs. Or, a collision may occur because of speeding, drowsy driving, or any other number of factors. Sometimes, accidents are the result of factors out of a driver’s control, such as poor weather. It is important to be aware of the dangers associated with inclement weather and understand how common these wrecks are.

The Federal Highway Administration reports that more than 5.7 million vehicle accidents occur per year, on average. Out of all of these accidents, weather plays a role in approximately 22 percent of the wrecks. While ice and snow are major concerns that many people realize, a majority of the weather-related traffic accidents happen when it is raining and on pavement that is wet. Other factors related to weather that can cause an accident include fog, which limits visibility, and wind, which can blow debris in the road.

Sometimes, reckless drivers cause accidents by driving too fast during poor weather conditions or failing to properly pay attention to the road. Even though it can be difficult to drive during poor weather, drivers still have a responsibility to drive carefully. For victims of a traffic collision, the road to recovery may be very lengthy and could take years. In some cases, people are never able to fully move on from an accident that threw their lives upside down.

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