Driving Behaviors That Lead to Car Accidents and Injuries
While a number of situations can lead to injuries, motorcycle and car accidents are by far some of the most common causes for personal injury claims. A simple mechanical error, careless driving due to distraction, or operating a vehicle under the influence can mean tragic consequences for everyone involved in the collision.
Fortunately, reducing the number of auto-related injuries is possible when simple, proactive measures are taken behind the wheel. Avoid all of the following driving habits to prevent costly traffic violations, dangerous accidents, and needless injury:
- Speeding - Driving too fast is an easy way to earn a ticket, but it is also one of the leading causes of car crashes. It often only takes one vehicle to cause an accident, so every driver on the road makes a difference. Under California law, speeding is considered a moving violation, which can mean fines of $435 or more and a requirement to appear in court;
- Running red lights - It is easy to coast through a yellow light, but it is even easier to cut it dangerously close and accidentally run through a red light. Just like speeding, running a red light is considered a moving violation and will not only earn you a ticket, it also puts you at risk for causing a serious pedestrian or auto accident;
- Driving with a known mechanical problem - A minor mechanical problem like a broken tail light can seem like a petty issue, but even simple mechanical problems can cause your vehicle to operate less efficiently on the road. In addition to being less safe, should police pull you over due to such a problem, you could be issued a citation; and
- Inattention - This is possibly one of the most talked about dangers on the roadways today in addition to driving under the influence. Texting, playing with the radio or other devices, putting on makeup, eating, or tending to children while driving are all activities that endanger everyone on the road.
You can combat also combat potential roadway dangers by staying abreast of all changing weather and road conditions and planning ahead before you drive so you are focused on the road alone.
Seek Legal Assistance
If you have been injured in an auto accident of any kind, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced, knowledgeable San Jose car accident lawyer for help with your case. Call 408-286-2300 to schedule a free, confidential consultation today.