As a careful and conscientious driver, you may never expect to be injured in a car accident. However, even the best drivers cannot control or always predict the actions of the people around them. For this reason, it is vital that all drivers know the most common causes of car accidents, so they can avoid engaging in bad driver behavior and watch for early signs of danger from other drivers.
Driver Behaviors That Are Likely to Cause a Crash
A car accident usually involves some form of driver negligence. According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the most common types of driver negligence include:
- Distractions. Any action that takes a driver’s focus off the road can be considered a distraction, but the most common driver distraction is the use of cell phones. Although Rhode Island law prohibits drivers from using mobile phones, many people continue to send text messages, make and take calls, and even post on social media while driving.
- Reckless driving. Actions such as speeding, running a stoplight, tailgating, changing lanes without signaling, or driving too fast for weather conditions can all place other road users at risk.
- Driving under the influence. Drunk driving is a factor in nearly half of all fatal accidents and causes numerous crash injuries every year. However, alcohol is not the only substance that can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle. Prescription medications, illegal narcotics, and over-the-counter medicines can all cause confusion, drowsiness, and poor decision-making.
- Fatigue. Even if a tired driver is able to avoid falling asleep while driving, he or she may have slower reaction times than an alert driver, making it more difficult to respond to sudden road hazards.
If you suffered injuries after an accident with a negligent driver, the attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum can investigate your claim and help get you maximum compensation for your injuries, and we do not charge for our services until your claim is resolved. Contact us today via our online form to schedule your initial consultation with a lawyer.