Car crashes are rarely accidents. In fact, driver error has been found to contribute to approximately 94 percent of all car accidents in the United States. While even the most experienced driver will make mistakes from time to time, some deadly mistakes can increase the risks of a driver getting into a crash.
Here are some of the common fatal mistakes drivers make that can be easily avoided.
1. Driving with the high beams on
Drivers are tempted to turn on their car’s bright headlights, especially when visibility is poor. However, leaving them on can blind oncoming drivers. Plus, high beams can sometimes decrease a driver’s visibility when driving in the fog.
2. Driving while impaired
While in some rare cases, drivers don’t realize they’ve consumed alcohol or drugs that can impair their ability to drive, drivers usually know when they’re unfit to drive. Impaired driving is dangerous, and the consequences can be severe for the impaired driver and injured person in case of an accident.
3. Driving aggressively
Aggressive driving can be dangerous whether a person is annoyed, late, or just having a bad day. Speeding, tailgating, stopping abruptly and weaving in and out of traffic can put the aggressive driver and other motorists in harm’s way.
4. Driving when tired
Although it’s not often talked about, most drivers have driven while feeling tired at some point in their life. However, driving while fatigued is as dangerous as driving under the influence, and there is no excuse for it.
5. Failing to use turn signals
Using turn signals when turning a corner or changing lanes is required of drivers. It’s a safety feature that helps signal other motorists. When other drivers are unaware of a driver’s intentions, they may be forced to react quickly and without warning, which is a recipe for an accident.
If you were injured in a car accident by a driver who was negligent in any of these ways, consider seeking legal assistance to establish what the other driver could have done wrong. There are several avoidable mistakes that drivers make that may cause an accident.