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Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Data Shows 94 Percent of Car Accidents Caused by Human Error

The economy is improving, gas prices are down and people are driving more.  While this may mean more family road trips for Georgia families this summer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released data that indicates motor vehicle deaths rose significantly in 2015.  Here are some key findings from their preliminary findings, and tips on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

Key Findings from NHTSA:

  • While the NHTSA is still analyzing the data to determine the specific factors contributing to the accidents, preliminary results revealed that 94% of crashes can be tied back to either human error or bad decisions.  For example, one-third of highway deaths are attributed to drunk driving. 

  • Just because you’re not in a car doesn’t mean that you won’t be involved in a car accident.  Unfortunately, the most significant increases resulted from accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • Accidents increased by 14 percent in the southeastern United States, one of the highest increases across the country.

  • Accidents involving young drivers, involving a large truck or rollovers of passenger vehicles have the most significant increases, according to the NHTSA data coded thus far. 

How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones:

Because so many accidents are caused by human error, it means that drivers can significantly reduce their own risk of becoming involved in an accident by avoiding distracted driving and other common behavior leading to car accidents.  We urge you to drive to aware of your surroundings and drive defensively.   

Experts are hopeful that safe driving technologies will decrease the number of accidents on our roads.  In fact, last March the Department of Transportation announced an agreement with automakers requiring more than 99 percent of new vehicles to have automatic emergency braking features standard by the year 2022.  According to a press release issued by the NHTSA, this technology alone could prevent thousands of accidents a year.   

If you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident that was caused by human error of another driver, contact experienced personal injury law attorney John Webb today via email at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation.  

 

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