Each and every year, thousands of drivers are involved in deadly car accidents caused by bad driving habits. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if drivers paid closer attention to the road in front of them. Below, we explain three common bad habits that you need to avoid and be aware of before your next excursion.
Driving Under the Influence
DUIs are the leading cause of auto fatalities in the United States and accounted for 30% of traffic-related deaths in 2012. In one study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 10 million drivers reported being under the influence of illicit drugs while on the road. Alcohol and drugs impair a driver’s reflexes and ability to reason. This is why many drunk drivers overestimate their ability to safely drive a vehicle. Plan ahead or use a designated driver if you’ll be drinking alcohol at your destination.
Eating food, adjusting your mirrors, and checking your phone, are all hallmarks of a distracted driver. Distracted driving is any activity that forces your eyes away from the road in front of you. In-vehicle cell phone use is a particularly hazardous habit for many drivers. Distractions caused by cell phones are responsible for 1 in 4 car crashes. Wait to check your phone messages or, if you must, pull over to the side of the road to do so.
For decades, speeding has been a common factor in fatal auto accidents. In recent years, though, tighter restrictions and safer vehicle designs have contributed to a decrease in speeding-related fatalities. Driving above the posted speed limit is dangerous and significantly increases your chances of being in a fatal collision. Speeding is also commonly associated with risky behaviors like distracted driving, road rage, and even drunk driving.
Have you been injured in an accident caused by another driver’s bad habits? At the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr., our lawyers are aware of the dangers created by bad driving habits and the havoc such negligence can cause. We are motivated to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact our Worchester car accident attorney, or call (508) 926-8833 for a free case evaluation!