Common Causes of Automobile Accidents: Driver Error
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Michael E. Trauscht with The Law Office Of Michael Trauscht.
Although technological advances such as backup cameras, forward collision systems, and artificial intelligence continue to make automobiles safer, car accidents are still a leading cause of injury and death in the United States. According to recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 37,000 Americans died in car crashes in 2018, and approximately 2.7 million people sustained injuries that required medical assistance.
Even a minor car accident can have dramatic, long-term implications for a person’s health and well-being. Accidents can lead to loss of wages, pain and suffering, and even permanent disability for survivors. As such, it is important to know the common causes of car accidents so that you can take every precaution possible to avoid them.
Driver error is the primary cause of car accidents
The overwhelming majority of car accidents can be chalked up to a single cause: driver error. Even the safest drivers on the road commit errors every time they drive. Even the most impeccably skilled driver on the road is not immune to the errors of others.
Here are some of the most common—and deadly—driver errors:
- Distracted driving: There are three classes of distraction on the road: visual, manual and cognitive. Visual distractions take your eyes off the road. Manual distractions take your hands off the wheel. And cognitive distractions take your brain off the task of driving. Any one of these distractions can lead to an accident. There is one behavior in particular that is a major cause of accidents and is a combination of all three types of distraction: texting and driving.
- Drunk driving: Almost 30 people die every day in the United States due to drunk drivers
- Speeding: One of the most common driver errors and often one committed intentionally. Every extra mile per hour you are traveling dramatically increases the likelihood of severe injury in the event of a crash.
- Reckless or aggressive driving: Behaviors such as disregarding street signs, swerving to pass other vehicles or tailgating slower drivers can lead to accidents.
- Drowsy driving: Many drivers are not fully cognizant while driving due to fatigue. Similarly to drunk driving, drowsy driving can lead to danger.
Contact a car accident lawyer to learn more.
Unfortunately, even with substantial awareness and education, car accidents are still a frequent occurrence. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.