Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Top Ten Contributing Factors for Motor Vehicle Crashes in 2014

Continuing on from our post yesterday on the subject of Distracted Driving, we wanted to share with you the factors that were listed by officers during their investigation into each of the 4, 325 crashes last year.

In 2014, 4325 crashes occurred in the City of Overland Park. An analysis of the accident reports revealed the following top ten contributing factors:

1. Inattention - 1036
 
2. Following to Close - 678

3. Fail to Yield Right of Way - 614

4. Too Fast for Conditions - 307

5. Improper Lane Change - 220

6. Red Light Running - 213

7. Under the Influence - 167
 
8. Distracted Driver - 103

9. Improper Backing - 98


10. Improper Turn -  96

Although the Distracted Driver is #9 on the list, it goes hand-in-hand with #1 on the list - Inattentive Driving. It's not always easy for the officer to prove exactly why the driver was at fault, nor are people so willing to admit to their miscues.