There are a lot of different causes of car accidents. A drunk driver is a cause, as is a red-light runner. A mechanical defect can cause an accident, as can a poor roadway design. The goal, for crash reconstruction teams, is to really dig into all of these potential causes to find out why the crash happened.
When you back things up and look at them from a broad perspective, though, it quickly becomes clear that there is one main cause for the vast majority of accidents: Human error. Some reports claim that the amount of crashes caused by human error is as high as 96%.
Human error itself can take many forms. In the examples above, for instance, someone getting drunk and then getting into the car has made a serious mistake that is not only illegal, but that also puts them and other drivers in grave danger. Someone who runs a red light has also made a potentially fatal mistake. It could be an innocent mistake, such as not ever seeing the light change, or it could be a reckless mistake like speeding up when the light turns yellow — and still not making it through in time.
But, no matter how these issues happen, they are all mistakes. Human drivers are not perfect. They never will be. Laws and regulations can make the roads safer, but they can’t prevent people from committing serious driving errors on a regular basis.
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