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Most car accidents are caused by human error

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

As a general rule, human drivers are responsible for car accidents. It has been found that the vast majority of crashes – up to 98% – occur just because of human error. If the driver had been flawless in the operation of the vehicle, they could have avoided the accident.

Drivers don’t always understand this, sometimes blaming outside sources. A driver may say that it was dark and rainy out, so the weather was to blame. They couldn’t see the road. But the thing to remember is that drivers are supposed to adjust their speed for traffic and weather conditions. Even someone who crashed because of the weather could be at fault for the accident because they did not drive appropriately under those weather conditions.

Examples of human error

So what types of mistakes do drivers make? Is there any way that you can avoid these drivers and stay safe on the road? Here are a few examples of common errors:

  1. Driving out of turn at a four-way stop 
  2. Running a red light or speeding up to go through a yellow light 
  3. Breaking the speed limit 
  4. Drifting over the centerline 
  5. Getting distracted by a cellphone 
  6. Tailgating other vehicles and failing to maintain a proper following distance 
  7. Driving the wrong way down a one-way street or the interstate 
  8. Failing to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn 
  9. Not looking for cyclists or pedestrians who are sharing the road
  10. Drinking and driving

The problem with human error is that it is to be expected. People make mistakes in everything they do, from playing an instrument to following a recipe. The issue is that these mistakes have much more serious ramifications when they happen on the road. Those who have been severely injured due to the negligence of other drivers need to know how to seek financial compensation for medical bills and related costs.