What Causes the Most Motor Vehicle Accidents?
There are countless answers to that question. Of course the “cause” of any Maryland car accident has a direct impact on the value. If there is no one at fault, there is no case to attach a value to. Moreover, if the injured person later looking t make the claim caused or contributed to the event in even the slightest way, there is no case. [see contributory negligence] .
Personal injury and accident lawyers that have studied the evidence know that five most common causes of car accidents, al least according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] are:
- not staying in one’s lane
- failure to yield and
- the distracted driver
Of course there are more, but these are the most common. Fatal car accidents, and the statistics revealed by them, are similar, but not identical. For 2106, the last year that studies are available, the number of alcohol-related fatalities sadly increased, but the number of distracted related fatalities decreased, suggesting perhaps the impact of laws making it illegal to text and otherwise use handheld devices while driving.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident, and seek to hold the other side accountable than you have the burden of establishing fault, and proving it in court if necessary. Certainly, proof of any one of the 5 factors would suffice. But is can become more textured and nuanced.
-This article was updated by Eric Kirk on 12/6/19/