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What causations are behind car accidents according to NHTSA?

If automobile collisions are understood better, does that make them more preventable? The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration thinks so. That's why they compiled research about car crashes in order to report findings to Congress in 2008. The NHTSA was able to determine the type of car accidents that were occurring in a sample size taken between 2005 and 2007.

Of the 5,471 crashes investigated, 36 percent of vehicles were turning or crossing an intersection immediately preceding the accident. This could be related to car accident attributed to a negligent driver since intersections are where vehicles come together.

All of the car accidents were determined by an assessment that measured the critical reason behind the accident. The critical reason was determined by an evaluation based on errors attributable to the driver, the condition of the vehicle, failure of vehicle systems, adverse environmental conditions and roadway design.

In car accident situations where the accident was attributed to a negligent driver, 34 percent were driver decision errors like driving aggressively or driving too fast. The researchers also made an assessment of other factors associated with the crash such as non-driving activities.

Among other associated factors, fatigued drivers were twice as likely to make performance errors as compared to drivers who were not fatigued. This shows that controllable factors such as speed of travel and fatigue of the driver are two causes for car accidents attributed to negligent driver.

These are just two ways that a driver can cause a car accident that could have otherwise been avoided. For innocent victims who suffered serious injuries due to another driver's negligence, it is important to put responsibility on the appropriate party. The responsibility will also hopefully cover medical expenses and other expenses related to a car accident attributed to a negligent driver. Proving this could be the difference that allows for quality medical care and financial stability for the injured.

Source:, "National motor vehicle crash causation survey," Accessed Nov. 22, 2015

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