While we have certainly come a long way with car safety, with the total number of traffic accident fatalities in the United States having decreased significantly since the early 1970s, there still are an alarming amount of preventable vehicle accidents. Today's automobile accidents are caused by a variety of factors, with the most frequent of which being operator error.
The following are some of the leading driving habits that cause accidents and how you can avoid your risk in becoming another statistic:
- Driving under the influence. The vast majority of traffic-related accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These chemicals impair a person's ability to quickly react to situations that could otherwise have been avoided. If you are planning on enjoying a drink or are taking drugs, prescribed or otherwise, that are known to impair your mind, either call a taxi, designate a non-using driver, or use other public transit options.
- Speeding. The second leading cause of traffic accidents is speeding. While there is an entire subculture dedicated to the art of driving fast, such recreational speeding should never be done outside of a designated race track like the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Of course, driving too far under the average speed of a given roadway also has its own risks. To stay safe, keep at or just below the posted speed limit.
- Distracted driving. You've likely already seen the advertisements against texting and driving, but this isn't the only source of distraction. Yelling at children in the backseat, staring at another driving accident, and rifling through a backpack while driving are all acts of distraction that can lead to a serious accident. Keep your eyes and mind on the road until you get to your final destination.
- Weaving in and out of traffic. Regardless of whether you use your turn signals, the constant weaving in and out of traffic is a poor driving habit that increases your likelihood of an accident. Especially if you're doing so at a high speed.
- Tailgating. Tailgating is never a good idea, even if the driver in front of you is traveling well below the speed limit. This may end with the in-front driver slamming on the brakes. Such sudden stopping frequently causes rear-end accidents which can land you with a scratched up car, potential injuries, and a hefty traffic citation.
Should any of these dangerous driving habits sound eerily familiar, then it's time to consider the safety of yourself, your passengers and other drivers, and make a positive change. Or if you've been the victim of a traffic accident caused by someone else committing one of the above driving sins, then contact us at GGRM at 702-388-4476 for a free consultation to get you on the road to financial recoveries for your injuries and property damages. Download our Auto Accident Checklist to learn more.