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Analyzing statistics on auto accident causation

From icy roads to driving while intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, motor vehicle accidents transpire for many reasons. However, there are other causes that some people may tend to forget, such as bad signage, brake problems and even crossing an intersection, to name only a few. In New London, Connecticut, and on roads across the nation, it is essential for drivers to remember all of the potential risk factors.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a study that examined thousands of auto accidents found that roughly 11 percent of drivers involved in these crashes did not stay in the correct lane prior to the accident. Moreover, roughly 36 percent of drivers were either crossing an intersection or making a turn shortly before the accident transpired.

Outside of driver error, there are many other car crash causes, which were examined in a separate study. While statistics show that driver errors play a role in the majority of motor vehicle accidents, these crashes have many other causes. For example, some traffic accidents take place due to engine or tire problems, obstructions on the road, poorly designed roads and glare.

On an annual basis, these wrecks claim a tremendous number of lives and leave even more victims injured. By recognizing the various causes of motor vehicle accidents and taking steps to address these risk factors, drivers can help reduce the likelihood of traffic accidents. And, those who become victims of a crash due to someone's negligent behavior should not hesitate to stand up for themselves.

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