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Bad Driving Habits that Cause Accidents

Car accidents happen every day and, unfortunately, are largely caused by human error. Driving is something that we all do so frequently that many of us often forget how potentially dangerous it is and end up developing bad habits that lead to tragic accidents and result in terrible life-altering injuries and fatalities. There are a plethora of bad driving habits that pose a danger to both the driver and others on the road and we have provided a list below of some of the most common ones.

The following are bad driving habits you should be aware of, so you can stay safe on the road:

  • Distracted driving: This is a growing cause of accidents on roadways across the country. While the first thing many of us might think of when we see the words “distracted driving” is the act of using a cell phone while behind the wheel, the fact is that partaking in any activity while driving is considered distracted driving. Engaging in activities like grooming, eating, drinking, or adjusting the radio station while driving are all considered forms of distracted driving. If there is something you need to take care of, pull over someplace safe and park before you give it your attention. Otherwise, your attention should always be on the road.
  • Intoxicated driving: Drinking and driving is against the law, but many drivers still underestimate the effect having a couple of drinks can have on their ability to drive and take the risk regardless. They assume they will arrive home safely and never get caught, but this is a major gamble, given how often alcohol-related accidents occur. Instead of taking a chance on your life and the lives of others, ride with a sober friend or use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft.
  • Fatigued driving: If you drive while fatigued, it can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you are on the road and feel drowsy, pull over to a rest stop or another area where it is safe to do so and take a quick 10 to 20-minute nap before you continue to drive. If you have a passenger who is able to drive your car, you might even consider switching driving duties.
  • Speeding: This is another extremely common cause of accidents. The higher the speed, the greater the risk of a fatal collision. Make sure you are either obeying the posted speed limit or driving at a speed that is safe for current road conditions.
  • Reckless driving: Reckless driving can cover a vast range of bad habits, such as tailgating, running red lights, or driving aggressively. In fact, according to AAA, reckless driving is a contributing factor in over half of all driving fatalities. Instead of driving recklessly or aggressively, learn to drive defensively. This includes giving plenty of space to those around you, obeying traffic laws, and being prepared for any unexpected situations on the road.

If you were involved in an accident wherein a driver engaged in any number of the aforementioned bad driving habits, you have a right to pursue fair and just compensation, so make sure you seek out the skilled legal advice of a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You should not have to pay for someone else’s mistakes.

Car Accident Attorney in Midland

At Dean Law Firm, our car accident attorneys in Midland are dedicated to fighting on behalf of those who have been wrongfully injured and have the experience, knowledge, and insight to serve as your legal advocate. If you sustained injuries in a car accident that was caused by another party, reach out to our law firm and we will work diligently to ensure the responsible party is held accountable for his or her reckless actions. Our law firm has won tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients and would be honored to do the same for you.

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