Nine Most Dangerous Mistakes Made by Motor Vehicle Drivers
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Sarah E. Stottlemyer with Stottlemyer & Associates, LLC.
Motor vehicles of any kind have the potential to cause catastrophic accidents if not operated responsibly; this is why it is imperative for drivers to commit to safe driving practices at all times. It’s also important to practice defensive driving in the event that you find yourself sharing the road with a driver who is engaging in dangerous driving conduct. While it’s certainly preferable to avoid a motor vehicle accident altogether, whenever an accident occurs as a result of negligence on the part of one or more drivers, it may be possible to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for the resulting damages.
Nine of the most dangerous mistakes drivers make on the road include:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while fatigued
- Failing to use turn signals
- Speeding through yellow lights
- Driving while experiencing road rage
- Failing to check blind spots and mirrors
- Failing to wear a seatbelt
Any of the above and more can result in life-threatening and even fatal accidents for yourself, your passengers, and anyone else on the road. There is little room for error when operating a motor vehicle, so it’s important to exercise caution and safe driving practices at all times.
It is not uncommon for more than one party to be at fault for a car accident.
Everyone makes mistakes, so much so that it is not uncommon for an accident to occur only to discover that both parties were partially at fault. This is why car accident attorneys suggest refraining from offering any statements about the accident or admitting any kind of fault. Depending on your state, even if you were partially at fault for an accident you may be able to seek a limited amount of compensation. It’s also important to remember that you rarely know what was going on in the other vehicle at the time of the accident, so accepting all of the blame for dangerous driving behaviors could be premature if a thorough investigation into the accident has yet to be conducted.
It’s important to collect evidence about the accident.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a dangerous driver, it’s important to remember that you do have options for recovery. While insurance benefits tend to be limited, it may be possible to seek compensation for serious or ongoing damages in a car accident claim. However, to build a strong case, it’s important to collect evidence at the scene of the accident.
This evidence could include pictures of both vehicles as well as any property that was damaged in the accident. If anyone was around to witness the unsafe driving conducted by another party, it’s important to collect their contact information and even record a testimony if they were willing. Finally, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible after an accident to make sure that an official record exists to document the event and resulting injuries. If someone is too injured to collect evidence after an accident, their loved one or a car accident attorney can do so on their behalf.
To learn more about the most dangerous mistakes made by drivers, or for what to do after being involved in an accident, reach out to a car accident attorney in your area.