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What are the leading causes of traffic deaths in Connecticut?

With a population of nearly 3.6 million, Connecticut's roads and highways are heavily traveled and often congested. These types of challenging traffic conditions increase the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents occurring and, during 2013, thousands of accidents were reported, 255 of which were fatal and resulted in the deaths of 276 people.

When looking at ways to prevent fatal motor vehicle accidents, it's crucial to examine the factors that lead to such accidents in the first place. Last spring, the Auto Insurance Center revealed its review of an extensive review of fatal accident data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Based upon fatal crash statistics from 2009 to 2013, the company, which bills itself as a "consumer drive center for education on car insurance," determined the deadliest driving behaviors by state in the U.S.

By far, statistics show that "failure to keep in proper lane" is the leading cause of fatal car accidents. This is true in Connecticut as well as in neighboring states and the majority of the country. Additionally, researchers ranked states based upon other common fatal accident causes including drunk driving, speeding and inclement weather conditions.

While, at 3.41 per 100,000 residents, the number of reported drunk-driving related fatalities in Connecticut was low when compared against other states, the number of speed-related fatal accidents was much higher than the national average. In fact, the state ranked as the fourth deadliest state for speed-related traffic deaths.

Drivers who fail to abide by traffic laws and choose to speed, fail to yield to other drivers and pedestrians, drive while distracted or fail to stay in their proper lane; may cause or be involved in serious or fatal accidents. Drivers in Connecticut are reminded to obey all traffic laws and remain focused and vigilant while behind the wheel.

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