Every time you drive your car you risk your life and others around you
due to the decisions you make. Whether your decision involves breaking
a law or just not being aware of the road, here are some of the top 10
reasons why people get injured in car accidents.
Not Wearing Your Seatbelt
Almost a given, not wearing your seatbelt can increase your risk of injury
in an accident. It is the best method of improving your safety and is
said to reduce the chances of injury in an accident by almost 50%.
Turning Off Your Airbags
When you do not have your airbags on, the risks of head and chest injuries
are increased heavily. Without airbags, there is no protection besides
your seatbelt when you are thrown forward into your dashboard during a
high impact accident.
Ignoring Speed Limits
Driving at high speeds is one of the leaders in causes of an automobile
accidents but it also increases the risk of harm to you and others on
the road. Not obeying the posted speed limit is a dangerous game as you
have less control in your ability to stop if needed to. It also increases
your chances of a fatal accident if you hit something or someone at a
Driving Under the Influence
Driving while under the influence makes you lose control of your ability
to comprehend what you are doing behind a wheel. With nearly 300,000 people
driving under the influence a day according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving,
this is a very dangerous problem in our society.
Jaywalking is a popular phenomenon of crossing a street where there is
no crosswalks or legal area to cross. This is used to get to your destination
faster but also increases your risk of being hit by a car at high speeds.
This is because drivers are not expecting anyone to cross the road except
for at posted crosswalks. It is best to avoid jaywalking even if you may
think you are clear from both sides of the street.
Using Your Phone and Driving
Distracted driving puts you at four times the risk of being in an accident.
When you aren’t paying attention on the road, you cannot see the
movements of others on the road as well. Putting down your phone is the
best way to avoid being injured because you put yourself in the best situation
to avoid an accident.
Not Paying Attention to Street Signs
Street signs such as one way streets are used to signify that you should
only go down a street if you are headed in the correct posted direction.
Turning onto a one-way street is one of the best examples for putting
yourself in a dangerous situation for an accident related injury as you
will be driving head on with other cars. Always be aware of all street
signs as they are there to direct you into the best possible position
When you aren’t driving on a road that has multiple lanes, you are
sometimes put into positions where the person in front of you is driving
at a less satisfactory speed than you desire. This sometimes angers drivers
so they follow closely behind the car to show that the person in front
of them needs to speed up. This method of “tailgating” puts
yourself in a dangerous position to get injured as the person in front
of you could make a sudden stop ending with consequences.
Cutting someone off or saying something to another driver are just a few
ways road rage can be sparked. Road rage incidents can lead to a multitude
of volatile situations such as someone hitting your car purposefully.
Fatalities from “road rage” is not an uncommon result so it
is best to always be courteous to other drivers and to never engage with
someone on the road to avoid it from happening.
Speeding Up to Make a Yellow Light
When you are in a hurry to reach your destination, many people choose to
accelerate to make a light that has turned yellow. This can be a very
dangerous situation however, as you cannot predict when a light turns
from yellow to red increasing your chances of being in a high speed collision.
It is always best to play it safe and slow down when a light turns yellow
at an upcoming intersection.
Avoiding these actions are some of the best ways to decrease the result
of getting injured while driving a car. If you have been injured because
of someone else’s negligence, it’s never too early to discuss
your options with an experienced professional, call now to schedule a
free, no pressure consultation at (619) 956-9555.