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What is the main cause of car accidents?

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2022 | Personal Injury |

If you look at car accident statistics, it becomes very clear that people need to take this issue more seriously. For instance, 38,680 people lost their lives in car accidents in 2020. And that only accounts for the fatal accidents, not even the accidents that left people with life-altering injuries.

To keep yourself safe, you may start wondering what causes all of these car accidents. Clearly, something is going on if so many people are losing their lives every year, but Americans just continue to drive as if this is an acceptable loss of life. What is it that leads to all these fatal accidents?

Human error

Interestingly, studies have found that the number one cause of car accidents in the United States is just human error. One or more drivers make a mistake and an accident results. A small percentage of accidents are caused by other factors, such as the weather or the road design, but human error is the most common, at up to 98%.

In fact, some of the accidents that people feel were caused by other factors may actually have been caused by human error. For instance, someone could lose control of their car while driving on wet roads, hydroplaning when they hit a puddle and swerving into the oncoming lanes. They would call this a weather event and blame the slick roads, but the reality is that they were driving too fast for the conditions, and they caused the accident.

Accidents are also caused by errors such as texting and driving, running stop signs, tailgating, driving under the influence and much more. If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by another driver, you need to know about all the legal options you have to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and much more.

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