12 Jun 3 Facts to Know about Pedal Error & Car Accidents
When it comes to preventing car accidents, drunk driving and distracted driving are often the focus of public education campaigns and law enforcement efforts (to target this group of negligent drivers). However, another aspect of driver behavior has recently been pointed out by regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as causing thousands of preventable traffic accidents each year – and it’s pedal error.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most important facts to know about pedal error and car accidents. If, however, you need help pursuing financial recovery after any motor vehicle accident caused by negligence, it’s time to contact an experienced Phoenix car accident attorney at the Law Office of Richard Langerman.
Pedal Error & Car Accidents: What’s Crucial to Know
1 – Pedal error causes about 16,000 traffic accidents each year in the U.S.
Pedal error, which occurs when drivers mistake the accelerator for the brake pedal, causes vehicles to suddenly accelerate. When this happens at intersections, in parking lots or during other instances when braking is essential, crashes are likely to take place.
In fact, while as many as 16,000 pedal error-related car accidents take place in the U.S. annually, when this is broken down to a daily basis, that’s about 44 collisions each day caused by pedal error.
2 – Certain drivers are more prone to pedal error than others.
Although any driver can experience pedal errors, the NHTSA has reported that motorists who are younger than 20 or over 65 are approximately four times more likely to experience pedal error than drivers between 20 and 65 years old.
Additionally, pedal error is more likely to occur when drivers are drunk or distracted (i.e., in conjunction with other forms of driver negligence).
3 – Pedal error is 100% preventable.
This may be the most important fact about pedal error to remember, as it means that there are things you can do to avoid this driving mistake and, in doing so, reduce your risk of an accident. Specifically, the NHTSA recommends the following in order to avoid pedal errors when driving:
- Drive vehicles you are familiar handling.
- Always try to step in the middle of a pedal.
- Don’t drive drunk or distracted.
- Wear shoes that fit and that won’t impede your ability to step on a vehicle’s pedals (i.e, avoid heavy boots, high heels or flip flops).
- Always comply with the posted speed limit, and go a little bit slower in parking lots/when approaching changing signals.
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