Human Error Car Accidents

Human error is the biggest cause of car accidents, accounting for between 90% and 95% of all accidents involving cars in the UK when combined with other factors.

Basic driving errors are usually caused by a number of in-car distractions such as mobile phones, eating and drinking while driving, and loud music. Studies have found that motorists who use a hand held mobile phone are four times more likely to be involved in a car accident than drivers who do not. 

Even the use of a hands-free phone poses a substantial distraction, which is why drivers are strongly recommended to switch off their phones altogether when on the road.

Other human errors that are often the cause of more serious car accidents include:


Drugs not only affect concentration, but they also weaken coordination, perception of speed and direction and reaction times of drivers, especially when combined with fatigue.


Alcohol combined with tiredness causes 14% of all car accidents and 35% of all car accident fatalities in Britain , while around 100,000 car accident-related injuries a year are estimated to be partly caused by excess speed.