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The Role of Driver Error in Car Accidents

Driver error is one of the most common causes of auto accidents in Georgia and across the country. Understanding the warning signs of driver error can help improve safety and allow you to identify when a driver is at fault for a crash. The following are the most widespread causes of driver error.

  • Distracted driving: In many cases, inattentive driving is due to the driver’s use of a cell phone — for talking or texting — while operating a vehicle. Distractions result in dangerous situations because it is impossible for the brain to handle two important tasks simultaneously. This means that when a driver is distracted, he or she cannot properly process the information needed to identify and avoid hazards, and ultimately cannot safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Driving under the influence: Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can severely impair a driver’s judgement, vision and reaction times. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that more than 40 percent of all car accident fatalities involved alcohol consumption.
  • Fatigued driving: Motorists who operates vehicles when they are tired can be just as dangerous as drunk drivers. Fatigued drivers have a slowed reaction time, causing them to have impaired judgement and awareness. This influences the driver’s ability to properly notice traffic signals and avoid dangers on the road.
  • Speeding: Speeding does not allow a driver proper reaction time to deal with his or her surroundings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that male teenagers are the most likely drivers to disobey the speed limit, and they are also some of the least experienced drivers.

For more information on what you should do after an auto accident you believe was the result of inattentive driving, consult a skilled Atlanta attorney at McMenamy Law LLC.