Driving a vehicle comes with significant responsibility because specific actions behind the wheel can significantly increase the risk of accidents. It’s critical that all drivers ensure they’re physically and mentally able to handle the duties of driving.
Avoiding all these unsafe behaviors can help to keep everyone, including themselves, safer.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
One of the most dangerous actions a driver can take is operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. These substances significantly affect a driver’s judgment, reaction time, coordination and ability to operate a vehicle safely. Driving under the influence increases the likelihood of risky behaviors like speeding, running red lights and making illegal turns, all of which can lead to accidents.
Fatigue is another major factor that contributes to crashes. Tired drivers may experience decreased alertness, slower reaction times and impaired judgment. In severe cases, a driver might fall asleep at the wheel, losing control of the vehicle. Long drives without adequate breaks, irregular sleep schedules and certain medical conditions can exacerbate driver fatigue. Drivers need to recognize the signs of fatigue and take necessary breaks or postpone driving if they feel drowsy.
Distracted driving has become increasingly prevalent over the last two decades, especially with the rise of mobile devices. Activities like texting, calling, using GPS, eating or even talking to passengers can divert a driver’s attention from the road. In only five seconds, a vehicle that’s moving 55 miles per hour can go the length of a football field. Even a few seconds of distraction can be enough to miss critical cues, leading to failure to notice traffic signals, pedestrians or changes in traffic flow.
Aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, frequent lane changes and disregarding traffic signals, significantly contribute to road accidents. These actions put the aggressive driver at risk and endanger other road users. Aggressive driving often stems from impatience or frustration and, in extreme cases, can escalate to road rage. Drivers need to manage their emotions on the road and practice safe driving habits.
Unfortunately, even safe drivers are at the mercy of other drivers. When anyone is driving unsafely, others are at risk of being slammed into and suffering serious injuries as a result. These victims may opt to pursue a compensation claim to help cover the costs of the medical care and other financial consequences of a wreck caused by another’s negligence or recklessness.