The vast majority of auto accidents are caused by human error, according to a 2016 study by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), with some form of negligence being cited as a factor in 94% to 96% of all crashes. This means that nearly all motor vehicle accidents could be prevented if people do not engage in unnecessarily dangerous behaviors. Here are five dangerous behaviors that are commonly cited as the cause of motor vehicle accidents:
- The single most commonly cited factor in motor vehicle accidents, by far, is speeding. When people drive significantly faster than the speed limit, they increase both the risk of accidents and the lethality of those accidents. By slowing down, people give themselves more time to react to conditions on the road, and reduce the amount of harm caused in the event of a crash.
- Distracted driving
- Another common issue in many motor vehicle accidents is distracted driving. Most often this involves texting or using a cellphone while driving, but it also includes things like eating, drinking, shaving, brushing your teeth or hair, reading the news, changing the radio, programming your GPS, or doing anything else when you are supposed to be focused on driving. These distractions make people slower to react, making it more likely they will suffer a collision.
- Aggressive driving
- Aggressive driving is the term for when people drive in a way that is deliberately reckless and dangerous, usually as a way of venting their own frustrations. This can include everything from tailgating and switching lanes without signaling, to yelling profanity or making rude gestures at other drivers, to deliberately attempting to run them off the road. It should not be surprising that aggressive drivers cause many accidents, because at least some of the time, that is the intended purpose.
- Driving while exhausted
- Far too many people drive when they are physically or mentally exhausted. These drowsy drivers may have a difficult time paying attention while driving, and tend to be slow to respond to road conditions, increasing the risk of an accident. In the worst case scenario, these drivers can fall asleep behind the wheel, almost guaranteeing an accident.
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Finally, there is the constant risk of people driving under the influence (DUI). These people cause motor vehicle accidents by driving while impaired by alcohol or other mind-affecting substances, which can impair reflexes, judgment, and other factors that are critical to safe driving. These drivers are often erratic and unpredictable, and can cause major harm if they hit anyone on the road.
If you have been injured in an auto accident due to someone else’s negligence, seeking the advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury law will help assure you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in New York City and Long Island in collecting the damages they need to cope with being the victim of negligence. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York personal injury lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.