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What Are The Top Five Driver Errors?

As San Diego accident attorneys, we know firsthand that driver error is one of the most common causes of serious car crashes. In fact, most car accident lawsuits involve claims that one (or more) of the drivers involved was negligent, meaning that he or she failed to use reasonable care or caution.

While a car accident can be attributed to a number of different factors, there are several types of driver error that occur most frequently. Below is a brief summary:

  • Speeding: Failing to obey posted speed limits or driving too fast for the conditions (i.e. rain, fog, snow) is a dangerous habit for many drivers. In fact, it is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes.
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices: When drivers don’t obey red lights, stop signs, or other traffic control devices, the risk of injury to other drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists who have the right-of-way increases dramatically. Not surprisingly, 40 percent of all traffic crashes occur at intersections.
  • Improper turns/lane changes: Accidents can also occur when drivers fail to exercise caution while turning and changing lanes, including failing to check blind spots or failing to yield to oncoming traffic.
  • Tailgating: Following another vehicle too closely leaves little room to stop quickly and, therefore, increases the risk of a rear-end collision. This is particularly true if the driver is also not paying careful attention.
  • Distracted driving: Anytime the driver is not paying attention to the road, the risk of an accident increases. Texting, surfing the Internet, or even using a GPS while driving can all contribute to a crash.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a San Diego motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.