The Top 3 Causes of Missouri Car Crashes

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How Common Are Car Crashes in Missouri?

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, as of November 2020, there have been 839 fatalities on Missouri roads this year alone. Despite the April stay at home order, these numbers are significantly higher than last year at this point. However, the trends for the leading causes of these accidents are still pretty consistent.

Top Three Causes

Among general accidents and those that cause fatalities, the leading causes include speeding, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.


In 2019, there were 282 fatal crashes from speeding in Missouri that resulted in over 300 deaths. Due to its hazardous potential, speeding is often considered one of the most dangerous things someone could do behind the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns against speeding primarily for these reasons:

  • Speeding increases the risk of losing control of the vehicle
  • Airbag and other protective equipment effectiveness decreases at higher speeds
  • Crash severity increases
  • Increased stopping distance

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can include eating, talking on the phone, talking with other people in the car, or even just changing the radio. However, the severity of this is often downplayed as most crashes involving distracted driving can be linked to other acts like speeding.

That being said, the number of cell phone-related crashes increased by 31% from 2014-2018, according to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. Because of the risks associated with texting and driving, the state has implemented a "hands-free" policy for all drivers. This prohibits the use of cell phones or other handheld devices while operating a motor vehicle.

Driving Under the Influence

Over 6500 car accidents involving drugs or alcohol occurred on Missouri roads in 2019, during which 234 people were killed. The act of driving under the influence is taken very seriously and can result in fines, license suspension, or even jail time.

Injured In a Car Crash? We Can Help.

Our Missouri personal injury attorneys have been fighting for decades to secure the rights of safe drivers. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident on Missouri roads, contact Kolker Law Firm to schedule a consultation.

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