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What behaviors increase your risk of car accidents?

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Personal Injury

When you are travelling by car, you share the road with other motorists. Driver decision and behavior could influence the safety of everyone on the road. Those who exhibit dangerous behavior may have a higher chance of causing car accidents to occur.

Negligent behavior on the open road come in many forms. One of the best ways to avoid a car accident is to know the common causes. Below are examples of activities that can increase the risk of a crash:

Distracted driving

Driving while texting or calling and generally not keeping your eye on the road are extremely dangerous behaviors on the road. When you divide your attention between driving and something else, you may endanger your life and the lives of your passengers. You might miss traffic signs, oncoming traffic, vehicles swerving on the side, and others that may cause a collision.

Driving while impaired

Similarly, it is also not advisable to drive when you are drunk, not feeling well, sleepy, have vision problems, or other impairments that may take away your attention from the road and safe driving. As much as possible it is still best practice to be awake, alert and aware of your surroundings when you drive. This may reduce the instances of road accidents.

Traveling above the speed limit

Speeding may not only cause a traffic apprehension – it may also cause an accident. When you go over the speed limit, it may be difficult for you to switch gears or react to your surroundings in case there is an oncoming vehicle, or you need to brake because there is a vehicle in front of you or if someone is crossing. It is generally best to stay within the speed limit to be safe.

Driving during adverse weather

It may be inevitable to drive when the weather is bad, but it is generally a good idea to stay indoors and off the road when visibility is low or if the roads are slippery. The chances of a car accident may be higher when the weather is bad. If you must drive during adverse weather conditions, it may be a good idea to make sure your vehicle can handle it – check your brakes, your horn, your lights and your tires for good measure.

Unfortunately, even those who avoid these practices could find themselves involved in a serious accident. If you sustain serious or life-threatening injuries in car accidents involving negligence, you may want to seek legal counsel to prepare you to file a personal injury claim.