Car Accidents: Not Just Statistical Data

A study conducted by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies shows that teen drivers are four times more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents than adults. But rather than poor weather condition, drowsy driving, vehicle malfunction and aggressive driving as being the major factors for the crashes, the study revealed three critical teen driver errors which were most common in the more than 800 accidents that were analyzed:

  • Not enough road scanning. One very important ability that experienced drivers have developed overtime is keen observation of the vehicle’s surroundings (sides and the road ahead) instead of just the very few meters of road fronting the car’s hood. This is one skill that will help and allow teen drivers to detect and respond to possible hazards up ahead.
  • Driving too fast for road conditions. Rather than driving at controllable speed, many teen drivers prefer faster driving, which only reduces their capability to successfully navigate a curve or respond to other motorists.
  • Driving distractions. Though getting distracted while behind the wheel is a common fault among all drivers, teens, obviously, are still the kind of drivers who get distracted more easily. Eating, grooming, adjusting or operating an electronic device, talking with friends, turning the radio’s volume to full blast and, worst, texting or talking with someone using a cell phone, are just some of the very common distractions teens are often guilty of.

Some of the other errors committed by young drivers include failure to use signal lights, tailgating, not slowing down or stopping when making a turn, improperly overtaking another vehicle, making sudden lane changes, beating the red light (according to the National Safety Council, this is the fourth most common cause of accidents resulting from driver error), and failure to use the seat belt, a car safety feature that has saved thousands of lives in the past.

Driver error, which includes all forms of distracted driving, is always an act of negligence and, thus, a totally preventable thing. About 81% of all car accidents, which number to more than five million every year, are due to driver negligence – an act that may require the liable party to compensate his or her victim.

It would seem that many drivers have failed (and still fail) to see car accidents as more than mere statistical data. They may probably never really realize the tragic effects of these accidents on victims’ lives, unless they be the ones to end up as victims. Any Oklahoma personal injury lawyer is likely to have experience with how negligence, no matter who commits it or where it is committed, can always be a source of danger. If one cannot respect others’ lives, then what right does he or she have to ask or demand respect from others?

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