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Why do most car accidents happen?

Do you ever find yourself thinking that car accidents aren’t actually as random and unexpected as they seem? It’s true. They all have underlying causes that you can typically track to understand how and why these accidents take place. 

Knowing this may help you avoid an accident yourself, though you’ll find that you only have so much control over that. Let’s start by looking at the top reason for all accidents. 

One thing leads to more accidents than anything else

When you look broadly at car accidents, what you find is that around 9 out of 10 car accidents happens because of human error. It could even be as high as 95%. Either way, it is very clear that people making mistakes is the top reason for accidents. 

What those mistakes look like differs from crash to crash. Examples include:

  • Following too close
  • Speeding
  • Running a stop sign
  • Driving the wrong way
  • Driving too fast for conditions

This is also why you can’t necessarily control your own accident risks. You can stay focused and try to avoid making a mistake yourself, but that is only half of the battle. When someone runs a red light and hits another car, most of the time, that other driver did nothing wrong at all. They didn’t make a mistake. They were still injured. There are just risks that will come with driving for as long as we have human drivers and not automated cars. 

What can you do if you’re in a wreck?

Car wrecks happen all the time. If you get injured, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and your other losses. Talking to an attorney can help you learn more.