WHAT FACTOR DOES HUMAN ERROR PLAY IN CAR CRASHES?
While many of us may like to think that most car crashes truly are accidents, it turns out that if you were involved in a crash, human error likely played a much larger role than you thought. According to a recent study, human error is a factor in 94 percent of automobile accidents reports the Tech Times.
If you have been in a serious accident, you are not alone. The study found that 20 percent of drivers surveyed had been in an accident that required them to receive medical treatment. You are also not alone if a family member or friend died or was seriously injured in a crash, as one-third of drivers admitted the same.
Many of the behaviors that cause these serious crashes are more prevalent than you would think. These risky behaviors include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while tired
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Not stopping for red lights
An astounding 87 percent of drivers admitted to doing one the above while behind the wheel. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the number of accident fatalities rose 9 percent in 2015 when compared to the previous year.
Distracted driving appears to be one of the biggest culprits and, in fact, seems to be getting worse instead of better. Talking on the phone was admitted to by 70 percent of survey participants, and 42 percent admitted to texting or emailing. In addition, speeding seems to be a widespread problem, with 45 percent of drivers saying they speed on residential streets and 48 percent confessing to going at least 15 miles per hour over the limit on highways.