Ask your neighbors if they think they’re good drivers. They’ll probably tell you that they are. You probably think of yourself as a decent, attentive driver. It’s always the other drivers who you have to watch out for.
If our personal perceptions were accurate, driving should be one of the safest activities around. However, serious, sometimes fatal, accidents occur every single day. Maybe we’re not all the safe, never distracted drivers we might think we are.
The human factor
The most recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that more than 90% of car accidents can be attributed, at least to some degree, to human error. It’s true that sometimes things beyond a person’s control can lead to an accident. Bad weather, poorly maintained roads, and mechanical failures can all lead to accidents. However, it’s clear that these types of cases make up a small percentage of overall motor vehicle accidents.
What happens if you’re injured in an accident?
If you suffer a serious injury in a car accident, chances are either you or the other driver, if not both of you, might be at least partly to blame. Perhaps excessive speed was involved. Maybe the other driver ignored a stop sign or a traffic signal. A distraction may have taken the other driver’s eyes away from the road. Regardless of the underlying cause, you are now facing a long road to recovery from a serious injury.
You should discuss your legal options with a skilled professional. Whether human error or another factor was involved in your crash, it’s important that you recover the compensation you deserve.