It’s crucial that all drivers who share the road conduct themselves safely and responsibly. When they don’t, the risk of experiencing a serious auto accident can become significantly higher. Along with damage to your vehicle, collisions can also cause serious injuries or even the loss of life. That’s why all motorists must avoid the following behaviors, as they greatly increase the accident risk of all drivers.
There are three types of driving distractions that all motorists should be aware of. Visual distractions entail taking your eyes off the road, manual distractions cause you to remove your hands from the wheel, and cognitive distractions prevent you from paying attention to the task at hand. Texting while driving is so hazardous because it encompasses all three behaviors, but even something as innocent as daydreaming while driving can raise a person’s accident risk.
Inebriation prevents drivers from operating their vehicles responsibly. Reaction time, judgement, and control of the vehicle will all decrease the drunker a person is. Keep in mind that even two to three drinks can contribute to an unsafe condition or legal issues. Fortunately, designated drivers and ride-share services make it easy to avoid drunk driving these days.
Speed limits are designed for specific roads to ensure the safety of all who share them. When you go over the posted limit, you’re greatly increasing your accident risk. You may also increase the severity of an accident when it comes to property damage and injuries. In addition to always driving the speed limit, make sure you’re reducing your rate of speed when driving in inclement weather.
While somewhat similar to speeding, reckless driving encompasses many behaviors. Ignoring stop signs and traffic lights, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, and other behaviors create the perfect environment for a dangerous crash. Unpredictable maneuvers make it hard for motorists to evade road hazards, which is essential for maintaining control of the vehicle.
For many decades, Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero, P.C. has supported local drivers injured by the negligence of others. Our auto accident attorneys will use their extensive experience to guide your case and help you make the right decisions. We can also help you calculate the correct level of damages to recover from your injuries. Feel free to contact our firm to learn more about our legal services. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, you can also call (505) 343-1776 to get started.