There are a lot of very specific reasons for car accidents. Maybe an intoxicated driver is heading the wrong way down the interstate and strikes your car. Or perhaps someone runs a red light when they clearly should’ve stopped. These accidents feel very different, but both of them could lead to serious injuries.
However, the truth is that these accidents share one very clear similarity: They were caused by human error. This is what causes the vast majority of car accidents every single day in the United States.
What is the actual percentage?
The exact percentage varies from one study to the next. Some have claimed as high as 98%. But most of these claims all put it over 90%. This means that, at minimum, nine out of 10 car accidents on a given day have happened because a driver made a mistake.
What does this mean for you?
This is an important statistic to understand because it means that you can’t really avoid all of the risks on the road. People often count on their own driving skills, thinking that experience can keep them safe. They say that they’ve never been in an accident and they are a good, safe driver.
That’s all fine, and it is important to drive safely. There are things you can do to avoid accidents. But you can never count on your own driving skill to keep you entirely safe because you’re sharing the road with a lot of drivers who could make mistakes. As the stats show, they do this very frequently, and that’s a risk that everyone faces.
If you do get injured in an accident that was caused by another driver, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and other costs.