Driver error causes more traffic accidents than inclement weather or mechanical problems.
Phoenix, AZ- Each year in the U.S., over 4,000 people are killed in traffic accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Overall traffic accident amounted to $18 billion in lifetime medical costs in 2012. Traffic accidents have a multitude of causes like inclement weather or mechanical issues, but the biggest danger on the road is other drivers, and they make a lot of errors.
Federal agencies break down the causes of traffic accidents to four categories: drivers, mechanical problems, environment and unknown. Of those four categories, driver error is the most common accounting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2015 Fatal Causation Study, 94 percent of car auto accidents are caused by driver error.
You may be wondering: What is driver error? It’s a blanket phrase to describe a range of driving behaviors that can cause a tragic car crash. The list of bad behaviors and stupid things motorists do behind the wheel is long, but three common errors contribute to the vast majority of deadly traffic accidents. Those errors are distracted driving, intoxicated driving, and speeding.
A recent study from the National Safety Council (NSC), found that cell phone use accounted for 25 percent of all auto accidents in the U.S. Increasingly, motorists send text messages, take phone calls, and check social media while they are driving and that can lead to a deadly crash. Arizona is one of the few states that does not have a ban on using hand-held devices–cell phones—while driving, so there are no consequences.
Another dangerous driver error is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The National Highway Traffic Safety reports that a drunken driving collisions occur once every 51 minutes in the U.S. Impairment slows the driver’s ability to react to changing condition on the road and slows down their motor functions. An impaired motorist usually has poor vision and bad judgment, making them a major hazard and more likely to cause a crash.
Many drivers just can’t bring themselves to follow the speed limit. Motorists are typically in a hurry and see speed limit as an inconvenience, but they exist for each driver’s safety. Not only can speed be a catalyst for an accident it will also make the impact of a crash worse.
If you are the victim of a negligent driver, let USAttorneys recommends you talk to an attorney about you case. You may be entitled to significant compensation for your financial losses and emotional damages. We have a compassionate and exceptional team of accident lawyers in Phoenix who can help you file an injury claim and ensure you recover a just accident settlement. They can assist you with settlement negotiations or with a civil court case, either way, you’ll benefit from their professional experience. Call one of our personal injury lawyers in Phoenix and set up a time to discuss your case.