Nearly everyone says they are a safe and conscientious driver when asked. Judging by how many motor vehicle accidents injure and kill Americans each year, it is safe to say that many drivers overestimate their skills.
Unfortunately, most people do not realize how many poor driving behaviors they may engage in behind the wheel. Learning more about them may help to increase your safety on the road.
Listening to backseat drivers
Since everyone claims to be a good driver, many are full of advice and “helpful” comments when another has control of a vehicle. Studies show that any conversation while driving can be a distraction, but perhaps more so when a passenger regularly yells out warnings and commands.
When something unusual happens nearby (like an accident or traffic stop), it’s natural for people to want to know what is going on. However, this curiosity can be dangerous if it interferes with focus and driving ability.
Running yellow lights
Signal lights regulate the orderly flow of traffic. Yellow means stop your vehicle safely if possible — not quickly blow through the intersection. Since not all signal lights have identical settings, slowing your car and stopping is the safest way to deal with yellow traffic lights.
How does this help you now, after your crash?
If you have trouble proving the other driver caused the accident, this information may give you other options to explore. Showing that the other driver may have been distracted, even by something other than smartphones and devices, could protect your injury compensation.
Proving fault for car accident injuries can be tricky, especially if you have little clear evidence, like cellphone records or blood alcohol content measurements. Having experienced legal guidance can help.