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What Is the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey?

The National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey (NMVCCS) collects information regarding road surveillance, vehicle conditions, malfunctions of vehicle systems, driver distraction, aggressive driving, adequacy of evasive actions, and vehicle control. This kind of information can be used to evaluate crash prevention systems.

What Other Information Is Collected?

A car accident is considered a simplified linear chain of events that ends with a critical event preceding a first harmful event. Researchers for this survey assessed crashes based on the causal chain concept. The information gathered about the driver’s perception, the environment, and what led to the car accident helped identify what led to the first impact.

Driver, Vehicle, and Environment Related Critical Reasons

When it came to 94 percent of an estimated 2,046,000 crashes, the critical reason for the cause of these accidents was attributed to the driver. This doesn’t necessarily put all the blame on the driver directly but can also be related to recognition, decision, performance, and non-performance errors.

According to studies by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2016, human error accounted for between 94% and 96% of all auto accidents.

The reason for accidents in 44,000 crashes was attributed to the vehicle. This only comprises approximately 2 percent of the crashes surveyed by the NMVCCS. Among vehicle problems that can cause accidents include brake failure, steering and suspension problems, and transmission and engine-related problems.

Out of 2,189,000 NMVCCS crashes, 2 percent were attributed to the environment. This includes slick roads, glare, view obstructions, highway-related conditions, fog, signs and signals, and road design.

One of the leading causes of accidents in Florida is distracted driving. When you are distracted, you do not have your complete attention on the road, and this can cause accidents that result in serious injury and significant property damage.

Biggest Cause of Car Accidents According to the Survey

After reviewing the data, you will see that the greatest cause of auto accidents is due to human error. However, the author of the study does also state that the critical reason is an important part of the process of events leading to the crash but should not be interpreted as the cause of the crash or be used to assign blame or fault to the environment, the driver, or vehicle.

In addition to distracted driving, another common cause of human error recognized by the survey was decision error. This includes speeding, illegal maneuvering, and misjudging the actions of other drivers sharing the roadway.

What Is the Best Way to Avoid Accidents?

When in Sarasota, the best way to avoid car accidents is to develop the right attitude about driving, train for poor weather conditions, and limit nighttime driving. Since human error is the leading cause of accidents, according to the NMVCCS survey, we need to pay more attention to our surroundings when driving.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Most of the time, you will find driver error or another form of negligence is what caused the accident. A qualified personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process and help you recover damages.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

What Is the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey?

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