Is there such thing as being prone to being involved in car accidents? For some, the answer is yes. Especially if you look into some of the studies on the subject.
Depending on how the driver behaves, he or she may end up being involved in more car accidents than the average Joe. Worse yet, many of these behaviors are preventable, that is, if the driver is willing to change his or her habits so they can avoid collisions.
As California personal injury attorneys, we have seen several of these instances. Unfortunately, their victims often suffer greatly, and yet, many will refuse to change even after having to pay for the consequences of their actions.
Here are five habits that can lead to car accidents and some tips on how to turn things around.
Believe it or not, some drivers will continue to drive distracted even after being involved in accidents. Unfortunately, this problem has become one of the leading causes of car accidents not only in California but in the United States.
Drivers who are distracted often have a hard time focusing only on driving or on the road and will be prone to multitask while behind the wheel. In order for them to change, they must work on their focus but if they cannot drop the urge to multitask while behind the wheel, they shouldn’t be driving.
Being constantly tired and sleep-deprived is, unfortunately, part of the lives of many business professionals. As attorneys, we know exactly how draining a life of total dedication to our craft and passion can be. But if we do not take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others.
Drivers who are constantly tired behind the wheel will put themselves in grave danger while also doing the same to others. In order to avoid this, make sure to have a schedule that allows for at least 8 hours of sleep every night. But if you’re incapable of having that nightly, then at least avoid drowsy driving by pulling over to a safe place where you can take a nap if you feel too tired to continue.
Much like sleep deprivation, stress can make you lose your attention. But unlike drowsiness, stress can actually puzzle your thinking, messing with your focus and taking your attention from what’s in front of you. Needless to say, people who are constantly stressed are more likely to be involved in car accidents precisely because of that.
Speeding is a serious risk. So much so that it’s up there with distractions when it comes to leading causes of car accidents. Unfortunately, speeding is also against the law, as roads have speed limits that should be respected at all times.
Because speeding makes it difficult for drivers to control their vehicles, the behavior is more likely to cause accidents. In heavy traffic situations, which is common in Los Angeles, speeding makes it hard for drivers to stop when the traffic suddenly slows down. And as a result, crashes happen.
5-Drinking and Driving
Yes, drinking and driving can be a habit.
To many, having a couple of drinks before hitting the road “makes no difference.” But in reality, drugs and alcohol can impair the driver’s skills even in low dosages. As a result, drivers will be more likely to have slower responses to situations that require their full attention and ability. So if you’re used to having a few beers and hitting the road, you better rethink your strategy.
Being the victim of a driver with a bad habit can be debilitating. Injuries can take quite some time to go away and victims often lose wages because of the time they spend working on getting better. If you have been the victim of a car accident in Los Angeles caused by a driver with a bad habit, do not hesitate to contact us directly. The Nagelberg Bernard Law Group has over 30 years of experience in recovering victims of personal injury accidents the lost wages and getting them the compensation they deserve. And what’s better, we won’t charge you unless we get you the money you’re entitled to receive.