Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Automotive Dangers | 0 comments

Car accidents can be extremely annoying or alarming. It can be annoying when you get a scratch on a newly-painted door because some driver didn’t know to how park properly. It can be alarming when someone gets seriously injured, which reportedly happens in 1 out of 67 instances of vehicular accidents.

The most common of the causes of car accidents is driver error, estimated at 90% as the cause for all vehicular accidents. This means that the driver made a mistake such as turning a corner too fast, failing to brake on time, or following another vehicle too closely. As pointed out in an article on the website of law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP in Massachusetts, these are all types of negligence, and even if it only causes minor damage, the at-fault driver should still be held accountable.

A lot of attention has been focused on drunk driving and texting while driving, and while these certainly increases the risk of causing an accident, they are not the end all and be all of accidents. It would be fair to say that while serious accidents often result when a driver does not give full attention to the road, it does not have to be because of intoxication or distraction. It is often just bad judgment.

A lot can be said about proper driver education. A surprising number of licensed drivers in the U.S. between the age of 16 and 19 are more likely to be involved in a car crash than any other age group, and injuries sustained are mostly due to the failure to use seat belts. There have been recent initiatives to provide teenaged drivers with the tools to drive more safely, which do include the risks associated with drunk driving and texting while driving. Hopefully, this will decrease the incidence of injuries and fatalities from car crashes caused by bad driving.

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