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Why some drivers lose control of their vehicle

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2024 | Car Accidents

Driving requires a lot of awareness and skill. It is essential that road users maintain control of their vehicles at all times.

Unfortunately, millions of accidents occur every year because drivers lose control of their vehicles. How does this happen?

Driver errors

Many accidents are the result of driver errors. For example, a driver may be going too fast and suddenly decide to make a turn, resulting in the car spinning out of control. Or, a driver may not leave enough space between their vehicle and the one in front, meaning that they have to slam on the brakes, which often results in losing control of the vehicle.

Fatigue and impairment

Driving fatigue and impairment are separate issues, but they share many of the same consequences. A fatigued driver will have slower reaction times and poorer judgment, making it much more likely that they lose control of the vehicle. The same can be said for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Both fatigue and impairment also slow the reaction times of drivers significantly. If an individual cannot react to a hazard quickly, they are much more likely to lose control of the vehicle.

Mechanical faults

Losing control of a vehicle is not always the fault of the driver. In some cases, mechanical failures cause vehicle components to break down. If the brakes of a vehicle fail at high speed, then it is highly likely that the driver will lose control.

If you were injured by an out-of-control vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation. There are several parties that you may be able to hold to account, such as the driver, the vehicle manufacturer or an auto repair shop. Seeking legal guidance will help you to identify the responsible parties and pursue personal injury compensation.