Causes of Car Accidents
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In July of 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association released the "National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey," in a report to Congress. In the introduction, it stated that while the fatality rate on U.S. highways has steadily declined over the last several years, the number of annual fatalities have remained rather consistent. In 2007 the nation lost 41,059 lives to traffic crashes, and in 2005, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for 3 to 6 year-olds, and 8 through 34-year-olds.
In an effort to significantly reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) continues to apply a significant amount of resources into the research and development of crash avoidance features in America's vehicles, many of which include traction control and lane-departure warning systems.
The 2007 report presents information from a sample of 5,547 crashes that were investigated over a two-and-a-half year period from July 3rd of 2005, to December 31st of 2007. The report presents estimates of crash elements based on data that was analyzed and compiled on April 30, 2008.
Motor Vehicle Crashes Due to Driver Error
The report revealed that approximately 41% of the driver-related critical reasons for accidents were recognition errors which included inattention, internal and external distractions, and inadequate surveillance. For example, one of the most frequently occurring reasons for inadequate surveillance involved the situation where the driver failed to look, or they looked but failed to see at a time when it was essential to complete a safe vehicle maneuver. This critical error was assigned to approximately 20% of crashes, and internal distractions inside the vehicle were assigned to 11% of the crashes.
According to the report, about 34% of the driver-related critical reasons were decision errors, these included: 1) driving too fast for conditions (8.4%), taking a curve too fast (8.4%), false assumption of other's actions (4.5%), illegal maneuvers (3.8%) and, misjudgment of gaps or other's speed (3.2%). In nearly 10% of the crashes, the major cause was performance error; this includes overcompensation (4.9%), and poor direction control (4.7%). As far as nonperformance errors that were assigned as critical reasons, approximately 7% of the crashes involved sleep as the most common reason (3.2%). The percentages for driver error include the following:
- Inadequate surveillance – 20.3%
- Internal distraction – 10.7%
- External distraction – 3.8%
- Driver inattention (daydreaming etc.) – 3.2%
- Driving too fast for conditions – 8.4%
- Driving too fast for curve – 4.9%
- Illegal maneuver – 3.8%
- Other decision error – 6.2%
- Overcompensation – 4.9%
- Sleeping at the wheel – 3.2%
- Heart attack or other impairment – 2.4%
The National Highway Safety Administration reports that in 2011, 32,367 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States, which was the lowest number since 1949, when there were 30,246 fatalities. The NHTSA reports that the number of people injured in distracted driving crashes were 387,000 people in 2011, and the alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 31% of the total fatalities in that same year. The three major causes for auto accidents in the United States are alcohol, distracted driving and speeding.
Distracted driving refers to any activity that takes the driver's attention away from the task of driving; this includes cognitive, manual and visual distractions. Common causes of driver distraction include texting while driving, using a cellular phone or hands free device, eating while driving, using a navigational system, reading while driving etc. If you have been a victim of distracted driving or other horrible accident, you deserve a top Queens car accident lawyer to help protect your rights as you seek compensation. Get in touch with our reliable firm today.
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Whether the accident was drug or alcohol-related, or if it involved texting while driving, or reckless driving, nearly all car accidents are preventable and caused by driver inattention or error. Only a small percentage of auto accidents are caused by vehicle defects; therefore, most car accidents can be traced back to a negligent driver who should have been driving more responsibly.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, we urge you to contact the Law Offices of Gary E. Rosenberg, P.C. right away.
Car accidents can cause severe financial losses for the victim and it's essential that you have a seasoned attorney by your side that will fight the insurance company for maximum financial compensation. Without a caring and aggressive attorney working for you, you could end up with a small settlement that won't cover all of your losses, and this can be a huge problem later on. Let us help you obtain he money you deserve because you should not have to shoulder the expense of someone else's negligent mistake.