Auto part defects, poor weather, distractions – there are countless factors that can cause an accident. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vast majority of collisions involve human errors.
The NHTSA groups all driver errors into four categories:
- Recognition errors, such as taking your eyes off the road;
- Decision errors, such as speeding;
- Performance errors, such as hydroplaning; and
- Non-performance errors, such as falling asleep behind the wheel.
If you were injured due to another driver’s negligence in Alabama, turn to Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. A Birmingham accident attorney will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free case evaluation.
3 Deadliest Driving Errors – and How to Avoid Them
Most drivers behave responsibly behind the wheel, but all it takes is one mistake to cause a tragic wreck. These three errors are particularly common – and they cause an alarming number of traffic deaths every year:
- Distracted Driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1,000 people are injured in accidents involving a distracted driver every day. Distraction.gov reports that 3,179 people died in distracted-driving crashes in 2014.
It’s no secret that texting is dangerous while driving, but distractions take many forms such as:
- Adjusting climate and audio controls;
- Browsing social media sites;
- Eating and drinking;
- Transporting rowdy passengers; and
- Gawking at accident scenes and billboards.
Smartphones and drunk driving tend to populate the media headlines as principal causes of deadly accidents. But speeding remains one of the most dangerous driver mistakes.
Travelling too fast for the conditions will lengthen your stopping distance, which increases the likelihood of causing a rear-end crash. Speeding also reduces the amount of time you have to react to unexpected hazards on the road. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speeding was a contributing factor in 28 percent of traffic accident deaths in 2014.
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
DUI convictions in Alabama come with strict consequences including jail time, hefty fines, ignition interlock device installation, license suspension and other penalties. Still, motorists continue to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
According to the CDC, more than 3,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes between 2003 and 2012 in Alabama. The death rate for these accidents was higher than the national average across all age groups.
The best way to avoid drunk driving wrecks is not to drink and drive. You should also keep your distance from drivers who show these signs of intoxication:
- Almost hitting the curb;
- Not turning on their headlights at night;
- Using the wrong turn signal;
- Tailgating; or
- Showing abnormal braking and accelerating patterns.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Alabama, contact Morris Bart & Associates, LLC. Our legal team will aggressively and compassionately represent your interests. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal-injury lawyer in Birmingham.