Motor Vehicle Accidents Law

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How Many Car Accidents Are Caused by Human Error?

There are all sorts of reasons for car accidents. Drivers text each other behind the wheel, they drive drunk, or they don't see traffic signs at night. These are just a few examples, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data confirms the main cause of most car accidents: people.

The Human Element

A 2015 NHTSA study reviewing major accident causes, and found that a whopping 94 percent of accidents were caused by human error. that drivers made

As cellphones, wearable technology, self-driving cars, and new car features expand in the coming years, it is likely that these numbers will not improve.

As a preventive measure, some states are making all handheld cellphone use illegal while a car is moving. This includes while the car is idling at a stoplight. While reports on these bans reducing accidents are mixed, lawmakers are hopeful it will reduce distracted driving.

Finding Responsibility for Accidents

One thing to note is that drivers may feel that other factors that were outside of their control caused a wreck. The reality may still be that the driver was responsible.

For example, a driver may lose control on the ice, slide into your lane, and hit you. The driver later claims they had nothing to do with it. They claim that environmental factors caused the accident. The driver feels bad but says they aren’t liable.

However, the police investigation could find that the driver was going way too fast for conditions. They knew it was icy, knew there was a risk, and drove recklessly anyway.

Yes, the driver lost control on the ice but if they had been driving slowly and safely, that never would have happened. That driver can still be responsible, even though environmental factors were present.

Your Rights to Compensation

If you are involved in a car accident, things can get complicated when you want to seek compensation. If the other driver says they are not to blame for the crash, you must know all of the legal options that you have in a case like this.