The fact that you don’t want to be involved in a vehicle collision is a fair assumption to make. Few people get behind the wheel hoping that they will be involved in a wreck on their way to work or wherever they are headed.
Avoiding being the cause of an accident is easy to do. It stands to reason that controlling your own behaviors is the one thing you can do. With that in mind, here are 10 reasons, in no particular order, that you could not only be involved in an accident, but that you could be the cause of one.
Studies have shown that despite thinking to the contrary, people are not able to expertly multitask. This includes multitasking behind the wheel, more commonly referred to as distracted driving. If you choose to have your breakfast, put on your makeup, comb your hair or otherwise occupy yourself when you should be focusing on the road, you can easily cause a collision.
Speed limit signs are more than just suggestions; they are the law. Speed limits are posted on roadways after safety studies. If the speed limit on a particular section of road is 55 mph, it is set because that has been deemed the safest maximum speed. Should you choose to ignore the law and travel at speeds that you prefer, you may be the reason that you and others don’t make it to your destination on time.
Let’s say that you never get behind the wheel after you have consumed alcohol. You don’t want to deal with a DUI, nor do you want to be the reason someone loses their life. Fair enough. Do you, however, get behind the wheel after you take medication? You don’t have to be drunk to be impaired. There are plenty of prescription and over-the-counter medications that can reduce your ability to drive safely.
What constitutes reckless driving? Almost anything that puts other drivers at risk. Speeding, changing lanes abruptly or without signalling, tailgating and more. If you drive using any of these behaviors, you can reasonably expect to cause an accident.
No one likes driving in the rain. It’s tough to see and it makes the roads slippery. When you encounter a change in weather, chances are you will have to adjust the way you are driving. For example, driving 75 mph down a slick road is much more dangerous than driving at the same speed on a dry road. Slow down.
Like speed limits, traffic signals are not an option. People run red lights and stop signs everyday and luck out. You may not do the same. You can cause a very serious accident if you choose to ignore a traffic signal. Remember that yellow means proceed with caution, not speed up. Red means come to a complete stop until the light turns green.
The young and carefree have the life, don’t they? Unfortunately, they also have little experience behind the wheel. Teenagers are at a greater risk for causing an accident than anyone else on the road. If you are a teen or the parent of one, make sure to practice driving frequently to gain more experience. You often won’t know how to react to certain situations on the road until you run into them yourself.
You are at a greater risk for accident after the sun goes down. If you don’t see well at night, try not to drive. If you can’t help but drive at night, make sure that you are staying focused behind the wheel. Take it slow if you can and make it where you need to go safely.
How many times does your check engine light come on before you actually check your engine? How long is your tire pressure light on before you fill up? Sure, you can ignore what your vehicle is trying to tell you, but you are putting yourself and others at risk. If your vehicle requires maintenance, get it done.
It doesn’t matter if you have fancy warning systems in your vehicle. Don’t rely on them. Nothing is as safe as actually turning your head and physically looking in your blind spots before you change lanes. Do not cut in front of cars too closely. Don’t move over multiple lanes at one time. If you plan on moving your car into the next lane, proceed with caution.
If you are involved in a car accident in West Palm Beach or the surrounding area, you have rights. When you can prove that the accident was due to someone’s negligence, you may be able to secure compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Call our team of experienced accident attorneys today for assistance. We will review your case and advise you of your legal rights. Call today to schedule your consultation.