When we get behind the wheel, we intend to reach our destination safely. However, all it takes is one false move, and it can quickly turn into a devastating accident. Even if you diligently practice defensive driving, there’s no guarantee that other motorists sharing the road with you are doing the same.

So, do most drivers practice defensive driving? While there isn’t a conclusive answer, sadly, recorded crash stats highly point to the answer of “no.” According to a 2015 study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, human error is responsible for 94% of all motor vehicle crashes. Read on to learn the facts about the dangerous habits of many drivers.

Motor Vehicle Crash Data

The latest crash statistics reported by the NHTSA are related to the following driving errors:

  • Recognition errors are the top cause of motor vehicle accidents at 41%. This includes inattention, distracted driving (internal and external distractions), and lack of surveillance (looking out for potential problems). Distracted driving alone caused 3,154 fatalities and 424,000 injuries, making up 16% of all traffic crashes.
  • Decision errors account for 33% of accidents, including speeding, illegal driving maneuvers, and false assumptions of other drivers’ actions. Aggressive driving caused 56% of all fatal crashes with excessive speed as the main factor. Running red lights cause over 900 fatalities and 2,000 injuries on U.S. roads yearly.
  • Performance errors such as overcompensation or lack of directional control are responsible for causing 11% of accidents.
  • Non-performance errors include driver fatigue, drowsy driving, or falling asleep at the wheel. This accounts for 7% of motor vehicle accidents.

How a Kansas City Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

The costs of medical care, treatments, and therapies related to your injuries can financially strain you and your family. Know that you are not alone and have the right to receive compensation.

Here's how our Kansas City personal injury attorneys can help with your accident claim:

  • Legal consultation. Provide a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case, evaluate its merits, and advise you on the best course of action.
  • Investigation. Conduct a comprehensive investigation to gather evidence, including accident reports, eyewitness statements, medical records, and any other relevant information to build a strong case.
  • Gathering expert witnesses. Identify and consult with expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction specialists or medical professionals, to provide professional opinions and testimony supporting your case.
  • Documentation and filing. Assist in preparing and filing all necessary legal documents, such as insurance claims, court filings, and other paperwork required for your personal injury case.
  • Negotiation skills. Negotiate with the opposing party's legal representatives to reach a favorable settlement agreement that adequately compensates you for your injuries and losses.
  • Client support and guidance. Offer compassionate support, answering your questions, keeping you informed about the progress of your case, and providing guidance throughout the entire legal process.
  • Trial preparation and representation. If necessary, prepare your case for trial and provide skilled representation in court, presenting your case to a judge and/or jury and advocating for maximum compensation.
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