No matter what you do, dangerous drivers are out there. You’ve seen them—speeding through yellow lights, weaving between cars, tailgating, and engaging in countless other reckless driving behaviors. You can’t avoid all the dangers on the road, but driving defensively can help keep you from being seriously injured in a wreck.
What Are the Top Factors That Lead to Collisions?
Human error is by far the leading factor in all vehicle crashes. Many people are excited for the day robots drive all of us around, but until that happy day, we must be aware of the risks every time we get behind the wheel.
Below, you’ll find a list of some of the leading causes of collisions:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Following too closely
- Running red lights
- Wrong-way drivers
- Improper lane changing
How Can I Avoid a Collision?
No one can avoid every collision every time, but it is possible to greatly reduce your chances of being seriously injured in an auto wreck. Paying attention is probably the biggest thing you can do to keep yourself and your family safe while on the road.
Here are a few other tips to help you drive defensively:
Stay Alert and Focused – Don’t drive drowsy, and try not to let your mind wander. Your task behind the wheel is to drive from point A to point B. Don’t think about your grocery list or that dream you had last night.
Watch Out for Other Drivers – Always be proactive and remain watchful of what everyone else on the road is doing. You should frequently check your mirrors to see what’s going on behind you and looking at the cars next to you. Don’t drive in “wolf packs,” and be cautious when approaching intersections.
Don’t Drive Distracted – Distracted driving is quickly becoming the leading cause of collisions. Drinking, eating, changing the radio station, texting, talking on the phone, or talking to passengers can all distract you from the task at hand—driving.
Never Drink and Drive – Drunk drivers are a huge danger on the road. You should be on the lookout for them—you know, the ones who can’t stay in their lanes—and you should never drink and drive yourself.
Be Careful of Intersections – Intersections are incredibly dangerous and cause serious injury and death every day. When your light turns green, pause and look before you move through. Never speed through a yellow or red light.
Need Help from a Car Accident Lawyer?
Unfortunately, even these tips can’t help you avoid collisions entirely. If you’ve been injured in a vehicle wreck caused by a negligent or reckless driver, you may qualify to seek compensation.
Personal injury claims can help you recover your losses, including compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and medical expenses from the accident. Working with a lawyer at Lavent Law can secure a positive outcome for your claim, providing you with the compensation you need to move past your accident.
To discuss your case during a free, no-obligation consultation, call us at 305-440-0450 or fill out the form below.
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