Bozeman, Montana, roads are no strangers to car accidents. Our team at Cok Kinzler PLLP has handled a number of motor vehicle accident lawsuits that cite a range of negligent behaviors. It is important to know the common factors that lead to a car accident so we can prevent crashes from happening.
From 2005 to 2007, researchers evaluated 5,470 accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the overwhelming majority – 94 percent – of these incidents was the result of the driver’s behavior. Vehicle failure was involved in 2 percent, and road conditions or other environmental factors were associated with 2 percent.
The driver errors were broken down into the following categories:
- Recognition: This includes distractions and driver inattention.
- Decision: This involves driving too fast, making illegal maneuvers or misjudging other vehicles.
- Performance: This addresses poor control or overcompensating.
- Non-performance: This category is for items such as fatigued drivers.
When the accident was the result of a vehicle impairment, the most common problem researchers found was with the tires and wheels. Brake issues also played a significant role in car crashes.
Drivers who engage in texting behind the wheel, operating a vehicle while exhausted or simply having poor driving skills are at risk for causing a traffic accident. When that occurs, victims may be able to hold the driver responsible for their injuries. In Montana, any car accident lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date of the incident.
For more information on this topic, please visit our page regarding motor vehicle accidents.