Common “Human Error” Causes of Motor Vehicle Collisions

Common “Human Error” Causes of Motor Vehicle Collisions

As an attorney, I often talk with potential clients that have been injured in motor vehicle collisions.  Whether the collision is minor or severe, it can affect and impact a person’s life in many ways.  No one wants to be involved in a motor vehicle collision, but unfortunately many people are too often.  Many of these collisions are preventable and can be avoided.  The causes of collisions can vary from weather to road conditions, and even the negligence of other drivers.  However, according to various studies, 90% or more of collisions are caused fully or in part by human error.  In light of this, it is always important to be alert, be careful and follow all driving laws, so that we can do our best to avoid being involved in a collision.  The following are some of the most common “human error” causes or contributing factors of collisions:

  1. Distracted Driving (texting or talking on a cell phone, eating, drinking);
  2. Speeding (exceeding the legal speed limit giving us less time to react and avoid collisions);
  3. Impaired Driving (alcohol, drugs);
  4. Reckless/Aggressive Driving (ignoring traffic laws, weaving in and out of lanes, tailgating);
  5. Driving Drowsy (falling asleep, affecting our attention and causing us to be slow to react)

There are many factors that cause or contribute to motor vehicle collisions, but we owe it to ourselves and others to avoid factors in our control.  Safe driving can save lives!  

    According to various studies, 90% or more of collisions are caused fully or in part by human error. Jodi Cunningham explains.