From day-to-day errands to long commutes, even a careful driver may risk their life simply by getting on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that almost 30 Americans die in drunk-driving collisions each day: one individual every 50 minutes.
However, intoxicated driving is only one of many negligent behaviors that may lead to potentially severe injury or death. From simple carelessness to aggressive choices that may endanger others, playing it safe often means paying attention to other’s poor decisions.
While texting or otherwise using hand-held devices behind the wheel are two of the most common forms of distracted driving, anything that takes a driver’s eyes, ears or mind away from surrounding traffic may prove fatal. Other examples of inattentive driver behavior include grooming, eating, tending to children or animals or conversing with passengers.
NHTSA reports have also found that speeding has contributed to about 1 in every 3 motor vehicle fatalities over the past two decades. In addition to drivers who ignore posted limits, motorists may put themselves and others at risk by driving too fast for current road conditions or engaging in aggressive behavior.
3. Aggressive driving
When a driver puts his or her own convenience over those of other drivers, the risk of a needless collision becomes far greater. From ignoring traffic signals or posted signs to failing to notice another driver, cyclist or pedestrian, aggressive road behaviors put everyone in danger.
When even a “simple mistake” leads to serious injury, those involved should know that the law may entitle them to compensation for medical coverage, lose wages and emotional distress caused.