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Human error causes most car accidents

On Behalf of | May 21, 2024 | Personal Bankruptcy

When people get into car accidents, they may blame a variety of different factors. They could blame the road design, for example, or a defect with the vehicle itself.

In some cases, these drivers are correct, and outside factors caused the accident. But the reality is that roughly 98% of car accidents happen just because of human error. The driver made a mistake and that’s why the crash occurred.

Why is this number so high?

This percentage is so high because human error can apply in a vast array of different ways, depending on the accident. Examples include speeding, running a red light, tailgating or driving the wrong way. In some cases, drivers may not even understand that they made a mistake.

For example, say that a driver rear-ends your vehicle in the rain. They say that they just didn’t see your car or the stop sign you were waiting at. They blame the rain and the weather conditions, saying that water on the windshield obscured their view and that’s the reason for the accident. 

Certainly, the rain may have played a role, but drivers are obligated to adjust their speed and driving tactics based on the conditions. If the driver had simply slowed down when they realized they didn’t have enough visibility, then they could have stopped before the rear-end accident. 

But if they kept driving at or over the speed limit, ignoring the weather conditions, then they caused the crash. They may still blame the rain, but it is their own failure to adjust that led to the accident.

Seeking compensation

Have you suffered injuries after being struck by another vehicle? If so, take the time to look into all of your legal options to seek financial compensation.