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Feb 26, 2015 in News Car Accident

Car Accident: Most fatal car accidents are preventable, says OPP report

In 2014, the OPP investigated more fatal traffic collisions than the year before, but there were fewer deaths.

According to recent statistics released by the OPP, last year there were 265 fatal motor vehicle collisions in Ontario, which resulted in the death of 287 people. In 2013, there were 251 fatal road collisions, which resulted in the death of 290 people.

There are typically four reasons that can cause a collision, which are labelled by the OPP as the “big four”. The most common cause for a collision last year was inattentiveness, which includes distracted driving. Last year, there were 73 collision deaths due to inattention, 61 deaths due to speeding, 50 deaths related to a not wearing a seatbelt or helmet and 46 deaths related to intoxicated driving by alcohol or drugs. There were also 25 pedestrians killed in 2014. Overall, there were 74,684 motor vehicle collisions last year.

While there were fewer fatal collisions due to intoxicated driving, inattention and lack of seatbelt/helmet from the year before, there was an uptick in the number of speeding related collisions. Sometimes fatal collisions can be caused by more than one of the big four factors, which means it’s counted multiple times, or by another factor not a part of the big four, such as an animal-related collision or a driver under medical duress.

But every year there’s one aspect that’s discovered during an accident investigation, which is the fact that many of these fatal collisions could have been prevented.

This year, the OPP conducted a multi-year study that analyzes traffic statistics within the past ten years. The OPP plans to continue to share this collision and fatality data in a bid to bring more awareness to how the driving behaviour of Ontarians contributes to fatal accidents, said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support, in a press release.

“As we have said before, regardless of how hard the OPP works to reduce the number of lives lost in road collisions, we cannot do this alone,” said Blair. “Ontarians need to understand what we learn from this data, which is that the vast majority of the people who have died on our roads did not have to die.”

Over the past decade, there was a steady decline in fatal car accidents. The study also found that January is the most dangerous month for drivers with 10,605 collisions occurring that month last year.

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