According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 80 percent of car accidents are caused by human error. In addition, four times as many accidents are caused by unsafe acts as they are by unsafe conditions. We tend to focus on external factors when an accident occurs, but it is much more important to understand the underlying causes.
While the majority of car accidents are the result of human error, driver behavior is a major contributor. Driver errors include speeding, tailgating, and not paying attention to traffic signals, red lights, stop signs, and other hazards. Drivers can also make mistakes by not leaving enough space to act properly, making unsafe lane changes, or failing to maintain proper lookout.
Drivers are also at fault for accidents when they make wrong turns. Most drivers are impatient and reckless, so they follow cars too closely, making it impossible for them to react to sudden braking. This is a common cause of fatal car accidents. For every ten mph that you exceed the speed limit, you can prevent one accident by giving the car ahead a shock absorber.
Unsafe roads can reduce wheel drive and make it difficult to stop in time. In addition, roads that are poorly maintained can be dangerous, and regular maintenance will allow you to spot problems before they cause damage. Finally, fleeing drivers cannot be contacted for assistance after an accident. If the other party fled the scene, it will be difficult to determine who is to blame.