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Over 90% of car accidents have one cause

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2024 | Car Accidents

Did you know that most car accidents have just one root cause? Of course, there can be many different factors that contribute to the crash. A drunk driver could cause one accident, while a distracted driver causes another. A fatigued driver could nod off behind the wheel, while a speeding teen driver causes a crash at an intersection. 

In most cases, you can trace all motor vehicle accidents back to one root cause: Human error. The vast majority of crashes, over 90%, just happen because people make mistakes. What these mistakes look like changes from accident to accident – distraction, impairment, fatigue, etc. – but it is almost always a person making a mistake that causes the crash.

What if other factors contributed to the crash?

Even in cases where other factors are present, the driver may still have made a mistake.

For example, say that a driver gets into an accident and they claim it’s because it was too foggy. They just couldn’t see the other vehicle, and they rear-ended the car ahead of them. They don’t think they made a mistake; they just think that the fog caused an unfortunate accident.

But the reality is that people should slow down when driving in the fog so that they can react to the conditions around them. If the fog is too bad, they should pull over and wait for it to clear. By not doing these things, the driver still made a mistake and caused the eventual crash.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver, then you may need to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Be sure you know what steps to take.



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