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Human Error in Vehicle Accidents

The common palliative that most people offer nervous airplane passengers is that it is more likely for people to die on the road than in the air. What they fail to mention is that this is because of the law of numbers; the average person log in more land miles than air miles traveled, so naturally it is statistically more likely that people will die from land-based vehicle accidents. One doesn’t even have to be in a vehicle to be involved in a vehicle accident, such as pedestrian accidents. However, there is always the risk of being involved in an accident, and the consequences of serious injuries would be just as devastating no matter what mode of travel.

There are a variety of dangers that different vehicles pose, from car to cruise ship accidents. In most cases, human error is the main cause of an accident, such as a bug flying into the car and distracting the driver, who in turn fails to slow down at an intersection. It could be the pilot misreading the information, or the ship’s captain making the wrong call at a crucial moment. One could say that these are unfortunate but honest mistakes, and it would be difficult to find fault.

However, according to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, in Columbia, South Carolina, if the accident happened because the driver was high on drugs, or the pilot had one too many glasses of the complimentary wine, fault can and should be established.  These are examples of reckless behavior, and when it results in serious injury or death to other people, the perpetrator becomes civilly and perhaps also criminally liable. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party is one way to get compensation for any costs incurred associated with the accident-related injuries or death.