Pedal Errors: A Common Source of Accidents

Pedal errors are becoming an increasingly common source of accidents on US roads. Automobile accidents caused by drugs or alcohol might make the news more frequently, but pedal errors account for 16,000 crashes per year – 44 per day.

As a result, many divers are becoming aware of pedal errors and the impact they can have both on themselves and other drivers around them.

What is Pedal Error?

Pedal error is a simple mistake on the part of the driver. It involves the driver pressing the wrong pedal. For example, a driver might be approaching a line of traffic. They try to press the brake to slow to a stop, but instead hit the accelerator, careening into the back of another vehicle.

Where Does Pedal Error Usually Take Place?

Pedal error can take place anywhere. It is, however, more common at low speeds and in confined areas, such as parking lots. Due to the short distances between objects, drivers often don’t have enough time to correct their mistake, resulting in a crash.

How Can You Reduce the Chance of Pedal Error?

There are several steps you can take to reduce the chance of automobile accidents from pedal error:

Wear Appropriate Footwear

Wear slip-proof footwear with rubber soles. Ensure that they’re tight-fitting and don’t slip when your foot is on the wheel.

Be Aware of Gas and Brake Pedal Location

This is particularly relevant for cars and vehicles you aren’t familiar with driving. Before setting off, ensure you know the correct locations of brake and gas pedals, as well as the clutch if you’re driving a manual transmission.

Maintain Concentration on the Road

Abide by standard road regulations by keeping your hands on the wheel and not texting while driving. Heightened concentration reduces the chance of pedal error.

What Do You Do if You’ve Been Involved with Pedal Error?

If you’ve had an automobile accident involving pedal error, an experienced attorney will be able to help. By carefully analyzing both sides of the case, they’ll be able to guide you in the right direction. Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help you achieve the best outcome.


This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Pedal Errors, or other personal injury matters, call Mesa AZ Personal Injury Attorney Clark R. Richter at 480-461-5321 or contact him at for a free consultation to discuss your rights and options. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.