When someone gets involved in a car accident, they may blame another driver. They may blame the road conditions. They may blame the design of the road itself.
While all of these things may be true in certain cases, the statistics show that the biggest reason for car accidents is driver error. It creates more than 90% of car crashes every year. This means that most of the injuries and deaths suffered in these accidents are completely avoidable if drivers could just avoid making those errors on the road.
Why do people make so many mistakes?
When you find out how many serious accidents could easily be avoided, you’ll probably find yourself wondering why people can’t just avoid making these errors and stay safe. The truth is that there are a lot of reasons, including:
- Some drivers are intoxicated or impaired by drugs.
- Young drivers don’t have a lot of experience and may make more mistakes.
- Older drivers may struggle with cognitive disabilities or physical disabilities.
- Drivers who are distracted by their phones will make mistakes they wouldn’t make otherwise.
- Drivers who are in a hurry may break the speed limit and not have enough reaction time to avoid mistakes.
The fact of the matter is that almost everyone makes mistakes while they drive. Not all of these mistakes lead to accidents, but enough of them do that there is a serious toll in the United States every year. If you have lost a loved one or gotten seriously injured in a crash that someone else caused, be sure that you know how to seek proper financial compensation.