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What are critical reasons?

No one plans to get into a car or truck accident, but when it unexpected happens, it can leave you or your loved ones with injuries or facing the death of someone you love. If the accident was the fault of another driver, you may be able to claim against his or her insurance or through other means with the help of your attorney.

After an accident, you might be wondering why these crashes happen and what can be done to prevent them. There are a number of reasons why crashes happen on highways, from human error to environmental or mechanical influences. In around nine out of every 10 crashes, it's human error that results in the collision. In studies, anything that causes a crash directly is called a critical reason. For example, a CR might be a driver looking down at a text (distraction) or losing control of his or her vehicle due to reckless driving. Another CR might be a sudden blizzard on a narrow mountain highway that makes the roads slick and dangerous. Still another could be the brakes going out on a vehicle suddenly.

What are some of the most common critical reasons for collisions?

Vehicle-related failure is one. For example, brakes going out and not working or an acceleration pedal that is stuck in a compressed position. This is one CR that could be prevented with proper maintenance and care to the vehicle. Other causes may be work pressure, which makes drivers act recklessly, tire problems, aggressive driving, illegal drug use, alcohol abuse or fatigue.

Regardless of the cause, when a truck crashes into another vehicle due to neglecting maintenance, drowsiness of the driver behind the wheel or other issues, the victim has a right to seek compensation.

Source: American Trucking Associations, "Relative Contribution/Fault in Car-Truck Crashes," accessed Aug. 29, 2016

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