What are the leading causes of car accidents?

PUBLISHED 04 Sep 2015

Car accidents can be a traumatic experience, leading to both physical injuries and psychological after-effects. Some collisions can be so severe that drivers, passengers or other road users could suffer permanent disabilities.

Statistics show that human error is the most common reason for vehicular accidents, with ANCAP citing figures that show as many as 90 per cent of incidents are due to drivers’ mistakes.

Compensation is available for road users who are involved in a crash, which can provide crucial financial assistance for medical bills, time spent off work, lost superannuation and care costs. An experienced personal injury lawyer can guide you through the process of making a claim.

Meanwhile, here are some of the leading causes of vehicle collisions in Australia. While you may not be able to prevent other drivers from committing these errors, you can reduce the chances of being involved in an accident by avoiding them yourself.

1. Drink driving

A Monash University study found 13.5 per cent of casualty crashes between 2000 and 2011 in NSW and Victoria were due to intoxicated drivers. People who get behind the wheel after drinking too much alcohol are not only committing a crime, they’re putting their lives and the lives of others in danger.

2. Fatigue

At best, fatigue lowers reaction times and makes concentration difficult, while a worst-case scenario could result in the driver falling asleep at the wheel. If you are feeling tired while driving, pull over and take a rest in order to prevent a potentially fatal car accident.

3. Distractions

Whether it’s other passengers, loud music or other distractions, taking your eyes off the road can have tragic consequences. Avoid fiddling with the radio and try to maintain your concentration when interacting with people in your vehicle.

4. Mobile phones

Using your phone while driving is irresponsible and illegal. Motorists in NSW are only allowed to make or receive calls when their car is in motion if they have hands-free or Bluetooth technology to minimise the chance of an accident.

5. Lack of awareness

Some collisions may be down to the driver not being aware of the rules of the road or their surrounding environment. Failing to see other road users or missing important road signs can easily result in you crashing your vehicle.

Are you seeking damages for a car accident injury? Please contact a no-win, no-fee law firm such as Gerard Malouf & Partners to discuss your claim.

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