Driving is essential for most people and in fact, many people spend a great deal of time in their vehicle going to and from work or school, running errands, or traveling for vacation. Since driving is the most common form of transportation; it means there are hundreds of people on the road at the same time, which, unfortunately, increases the risk of an accident. There are thousands of auto accidents each day and although most are simple fender benders, many result in serious injuries and even death. Most automobile accidents are the result of human error, so it’s important to use caution and be aware of your surroundings while driving to help avoid these common errors. If you have been injured in an auto accident that was no fault of your own, you should talk with a personal injury law firm to discuss the possibility of compensation for your injuries. Keep in mind that even the most cautious drivers may be involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Here are some of the most common causes of automobile accidents.
Even those who say they are careful, cautious drivers have admitted to speeding, running a stop sign, or going through a yellow light, especially when they are running late. Each of these situations is categorized as reckless/careless driving and it’s not an excuse for anything, including running late for work. Waiting a few minutes or driving the recommended speed limit may be the difference between life and death. It is critical that you are aware of other drivers, especially those who may be driving erratically, such as changing lanes without notice, or other behaviors, such as tailgating that may cause you to have to suddenly brake.
Unfavorable Weather Conditions
Driving in poor weather conditions will increase the risk of an accident. Poor weather can reduce visibility and the roadways can become slippery, which poses hazards that can result in serious automobile accidents. When the weather is extreme, it’s best to avoid driving if at all possible and if you must drive, it’s important that you use extra caution. Make sure to use your lights, and watch for other drivers that don’t have their lights on.
Driving While Intoxicated
There’s a reason why driving after or while consuming alcohol or drugs is illegal. Drugs and alcohol, regardless of how mild you may think the drug is, may have a significant impact on your control, reaction times, concentration, and the ability to recognize a potential hazard. You should never drive or get in a vehicle with someone that has been drinking or using drugs. The safest thing to do is to take a different form of transportation. Driving under the influence is extremely dangerous for the driver as well as everyone on the road with them.
Driving while sleepy or fatigued is extremely dangerous and compared to driving while intoxicated. Being fatigued causes you to struggle with concentration not to be as aware of your surroundings as you should be and prevents you from recognizing hazards. Falling asleep at the wheel has been the cause of extremely serious automobile accidents, even fatal accidents. If you are tired, pull over and take a break, especially when driving long distances.
If you have been injured in an auto accident that was due to the gross negligence of someone else, including a human error, it is important to contact a personal injury law firm as soon as possible following the accident.