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People cause 94 percent of all car accidents

An accident can happen so quickly that you may have no real idea what went wrong or how the accident took place until after the fact. In the moment, you're just suddenly aware of flashing lights, a jarring impact and the chaotic noise of the crash. In the end, both you and the other driver may get out of your cars thinking that it was a freak accident.

However, the statistics say it probably wasn't. While freak accidents do happen -- a mechanical failure, for example -- a full 94 percent of all crashes are simply caused by human error. A driver runs a red light, drives the wrong way on the interstate, breaks the speed limit or makes any one of a nearly endless list of mistakes to cause the crash.

That's why many people believe driverless cars could actually make the roads safer. They would eliminate the human aspect entirely. Since that's the number one thing that causes accidents, it stands to reason that doing away with it should also drastically reduce crash totals.

Technology is already starting to help. Much of it is aimed at countering human mistakes. For instance, a blind spot monitor can alert you if you start merging into another vehicle that you didn't see. But this technology is just reacting to mistakes, whereas the goal of driverless cars is to make it so these mistakes aren't made in the first place.

For now, though, driverless cars are still being tested, and human error is still causing hundreds of thousands of crashes every year. If you're injured in one of these crashes, you might be able to get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. An attorney can help you learn more about your legal options if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Source: Curbed, "Will self-driving vehicles really make cities safer?," Alissa Walker, accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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