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How human error contributes to car accidents

Don’t make the mistake of assuming a car accident is random. It’s not. It has a root cause. Many different factors may play a role. Nothing ever happens without any cause at all. 

In a lot of cases — at least nine out of 10 — one of the major factors is human error. Someone made a mistake and that mistake led to an accident. Common driver errors include speeding, running red lights, failing to yield the right of way and following too close. 

Multiple issues can contribute to a car crash

It is important to note, however, that multiple issues can all contribute. Even when human error plays a major role, that does not mean that it’s the only thing that led to the wreck. 

For instance, say that a fog bank sweeps in. This happens late at night, so visibility is already low. The fog makes it almost nothing. You’re slowly driving through it when someone else slams into the back of your car. 

It’s obvious to you that human error caused that crash. Maybe they drove too fast for conditions. Maybe they didn’t slow down to avoid the crash. You know that you didn’t do anything wrong as the front car, but you still got hit, so they must have caused it. 

That is true, but environmental factors also played a role, in terms of the darkness and the fog. Did their car also have worn-out brakes? Maybe mechanical issues factored in, as well. Many accidents happen because a string of minor issues keeps compounding until an accident is inevitable. 

Your rights after being injured in a wreck

If you do get injured in an accident that another driver causes, you may have a right to financial compensation. An experienced attorney can review your case, look into the circumstances surrounding the wreck and help you identify who the liable party or parties may be. They can also protect your interests throughout the claims process.


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