Driver errors cause a majority of accidents
It should come as no surprise that New Yorkers are often in a big hurry when moving from place to place. This mindset unfortunately can sometimes lead to some irresponsible driving. Drivers are legally and morally obligated to operate their motor vehicles in a responsible manner and are required to follow all traffic laws when driving. Negligent driving, or driving carelessly or recklessly, often results in human error.
These often-preventable human errors can lead to serious car accidents on the roadways. According to a 2016 study by the National Traffic Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a vast majority of car accidents (94 to 96 percent) are caused by human error.
Some common examples of driver error include:
- Driving at an unsafe rate of speed: Driving above the posted speed limit, driving too slowly, or failing to adjust your speed appropriately based on road conditions, weather, and/or traffic.
- Following too closely: Many rear-end collisions are caused by a driver failing to maintain enough distance between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them.
- Violating the right-of-way: Failing to keep a lookout for oncoming vehicles, disregarding traffic signals, or failing to yield, particularly at intersections.
- Unsafe lane change/passing: Failing to signal, failing to maintain enough distance, and/or weaving in and out of traffic.
If a driver’s errors directly and proximately caused your accident, the driver could be found negligent and be held liable for your accident-related injuries, depending on the severity of your accident. A personal injury attorney in the New York area can help you recover the damages you are entitled to receive after your accident.