It’s important to focus on safety when you drive. It should always be a priority. This is the basis behind defensive driving. You’re trying to stay as safe as you can by anticipating the mistakes others are going to make.
Unfortunately, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes. The reality is that you’re only as safe as the worst driver around you. If they make a mistake, they can cause a crash that leads to serious injuries, even though you haven’t done anything wrong.
What mistakes do they make?
Part of the problem is that there are just so many driving mistakes that people can make, and all it takes is one to cause a serious accident. Examples include things like:
- Tailgating the car ahead of them
- Breaking the speed limit
- Getting distracted by their phone
- Losing their temper or engaging in road rage
- Weaving between lanes and around other traffic
- Driving slowly in the left lane of the interstate
- Not using turn signals when turning or merging
And that list doesn’t even take into account the prevalence of things like drunk driving or impaired driving. The drivers around you may be attempting to be safe, but this impairment is going to lead to one or more of the mistakes listed above simply because they’re not in full control of the vehicle.
What options do you have?
It is true that you have to face these types of risks every day, and it’s important to be aware of that. But it’s also wise to note that you may be able to seek financial compensation if someone else caused an accident and you suffered injuries. Be sure you know about all of the legal steps you can take.