Four Dangerous Driving Behaviors to Avoid
Car accidents are among the leading causes of personal injuries and accidental deaths. Sadly, in most cases they are largely preventable. While road or weather conditions often are a factor, the majority are the result of reckless drivers. Be aware of the behaviors behind the wheel that could put you at risk, as well as the warning signs that a crash could be imminent.
Dangerous Driving Behaviors
Despite the efforts of law enforcement officers and traffic safety officials, car accidents and injuries continue to impact millions of drivers each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following four dangerous driving behaviors are among those that put drivers at an increased risk:
- Speeding: Driving over the speed limit and going too fast for conditions decreases the time you have to react to sudden changes in traffic and increases the risk of losing control of your vehicle. Speeding also increases the force of impact at which you collide with others, making car accident injuries more severe.
- Distracted driving: While public service campaigns have focused on the dangers of using cell phones and texting while behind the wheel, there are other distracted driving behaviors that put you at risk. Driving demands your full attention and engaging in any other type of activity increases the likelihood of going off the road or colliding with other motorists. This includes changing GPS or radio stations, drinking coffee and eating fast food, or even talking to other passengers in the vehicle.
- Driving under the influence: Driving under the influence of any amount of alcohol or other intoxicating substance decreases reaction times, impairs vision, coordination, and judgement, making car accidents more likely to happen. Even certain prescription or over the counter medication can impair driving abilities and should be avoided when behind the wheel.
- Drowsy driving: Many of us maintain busy schedules, causing us to forego the recommended eight hours of sleep at night. However, most people are unaware that driving while tired or excessively fatigued impairs your driving abilities and increases car accident risks in the same way as does driving under the influence.
Protecting Yourself Against Car Accidents In Fort Pierce
Statistics from the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES) indicate that more than 5,000 car accidents in St. Lucie County occurred over the course of 2017. To protect yourself from being a victim, use defensive driving skills and be alert for drivers who may be a danger to themselves or others on the road. Signs include:
- Weaving in and out of lanes;
- Driving either too slowly or over the speed limit;
- Tailgating other drivers;
- Acting in an aggressive manner, such as running stop signs or laying on the horn at traffic signals.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When car accidents leave you or someone you care about with serious injuries, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III provides the strong legal guidance you need in seeking compensation. To request a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help, contact our Fort Pierce car accident attorney today.