In San Francisco and the surrounding areas of California, auto accidents continue to be a common way for people to suffer unexpected injuries and fatalities. Researchers believe that driver behaviors are an overwhelming cause of motor vehicle accidents.
NHTSA assesses drivers and how they contribute to accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that a vast proportion of accidents – 94% – are linked to driver behaviors. That can include driving under the influence, behaving recklessly, drowsy driving and distracted driving. In recent years, the number of miles driven has increased markedly. When combining that with the temptation to check a cellphone and other potential distractions, the road becomes an even riskier place. To be as safe as possible, drivers need to be focused on what they are doing. Perceiving danger, reacting to it and avoiding it are the three phases of responding when behind the wheel. A lack of attention interferes with them.
In some cases, blaming an auto accident on bad luck and timing is logical. For example, driving during the daytime hours is statistically safer than driving at night. This is true for several reasons including visibility and the lower chance of encountering drowsy drivers and drunk drivers. Still, after motor vehicle accidents, evidence must be analyzed to try to find the cause.
Determining the cause of an accident is key when deciding how to proceed
Technological advancements like automatic braking, lane deviation warnings and onboard interactive options may seem to enhance safety. Even with these features and others becoming standard in newer vehicles, drivers remain a problem. After an accident, those who have been impacted in any way should think about medical costs, lost time at work and other challenges. Having experienced guidance with the next step can be crucial in crafting a comprehensive plan.