Driving Distractions: Some of the Most Dangerous Forms of Driver Error

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Driving Distractions: Some of the Most Dangerous Forms of Driver Error

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continue to show about five million car accidents occuring on US roads and highways every year. More than two million of these accidents result to injuries; from minor ones to injuries serious enough to require continuous medical treatment and render the injured incapable of perfrorming work, resulting to loss of income. Some of these serious injuries include bone fracture, spinal and neck injuries, head injury, damage to internal organs, brain damage, amputated limb, and whiplash. The worst result of car accidents, however, is death, which is still at 32,000 annually.

There are different reasons why car accidents occur: defective car or car part; damaged road; very poor weather condition; and, drunk-driving, speeding, driving distractions, aggressive driving, and reckless driving – all of which are driver errors, which is the reason behind more than 90 percent of all car crashes. Driver error, however, is nothing more than a product of negligence or carelessness, making it a totally preventable incidence.

The 2008 National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS), which is a study conducted by the NHTSA, shows that the major cause of car accidents from 2005 to 2007 was driver error. Among the many different things which can be considered as driver error, the ones most often reported include driving while impaired by alcohol, driving while feeling drowsy or fatigued, texting or conversing with someone over the phone while driving, driving through a red light, not slowing down while managing a curve, not stopping at intersections, making improper lane changes, improper overtaking, not using signals before making a turn, tailgating, driving too fast for certain road conditions, not wearing a seatbelt, and turning one’s focus away from driving.

Distracted driving, which is allowing something else (whether inside or outside the car) to take away your attention from driving and from the road, is one driving error which even the most careful of drivers can commit. The most dangerous thing is, since driving distraction is very common, it is very seldom noticed and almost never considered as possible cause of risk until it actually results in an accident.

According to this website, some examples of driving distractions are eating, using an electronic device, like a laptop or a GPS, adjusting a radio, looking at a map, conversing with a passenger, lighting a cigarette, reaching for something from the backseat or anywhere else inside the car, texting or talking to someone on the phone, driving while angry, and so forth.

It is clear that no driver would want to be involved in an accident, much more injure anyone; however, if a driver does injure someone, because of his or her reckless or negligent behavior then, under the law, he or she is liable for whatever harm and damages his or her victim suffers from. In facing his or her fault, one thing the law requires is that the at-fault driver compensate his or her injured victim.

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