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Study says drivers are biggest threat to themselves

Drivers across Illinois may feel concern each time they get behind the wheel, worried another driver will lose control of their vehicle and endanger them. Yet a new study shows drivers need only look in the mirror to see the driver who is most likely to put their lives at risk.

As WTOP reports, a study conducted by AAA determined that most fatal car crashes are single vehicle accidents. A study of crash data showed that 55 percent of deadly car accidents have no other vehicles involved in the accident at all. These crashes include those involving drugs or alcohol, bad weather conditions, drowsiness and distracted driving. Vehicles driving off the road for some reason made up 70 percent of all fatal accidents, and while a car only rolls over in three percent of crashes, 20 percent of fatalities come from these incidents.

This is despite the fact that nearly all drivers studied were afraid another car running a red light would hit them. Distracted driving was another large concern for drivers nationwide--86 percent feared they would be hit by a driver who is not paying attention to the road. Although drivers are the biggest threat to themselves, the 2016 Safe Driving Report by Everquote Inc. rates Illinois drivers in the bottom half nationwide, so there is still reason to be concerned.  Drivers in the Land of Lincoln speed on 38 percent of the trips they take, which can be a large safety hazard. Distracted driving is also a big problem, and 38 percent of trips include at least one distraction that keeps the driver from paying attention to the road.

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