Despite numerous road safety campaigns and stringent traffic rules, more and more car accidents that are attributable to human error are reported in the U.S. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that human error is responsible for close to 95 percent of the car accidents on our roads.
So how does human error contribute to car accidents? Here are four driver behaviors that can increase the risk of a car accident.
Making or answering calls, texting, eating or applying makeup while driving are distractions that can take your eyes and attention off the road resulting in a car accident.
Driving under the influence is both dangerous and illegal. While a drunk driving-related accident can happen at any time, the risk is far greater at night. Alcohol affects the driver’s brain and muscle function. As a result, the driver’s thinking and judgment can be greatly impaired. And thanks to impaired judgment, drunk drivers tend to make costly mistakes like speeding or failing to yield way to pedestrians at the crosswalk.
Any unorthodox driving behavior that deliberately disregards traffic laws is dangerous. These behaviors include tailgating, speeding, recklessly cutting in front of other drivers, weaving in and out of the lane, running the red light and blocking other motorists from overtaking.
Going beyond the designated speed limit can earn you more than a traffic ticket. Add to this bad weather and poor road conditions and things can go from bad to worse real quick when you are speeding.
Most car accidents are attributable to human error. Find out how you can pursue the compensation you deserve if you are hurt in a car accident that is not your fault.