Someday in the near future, technology will probably give us access to fully-automated, driverless vehicles that won’t rely on human beings at all for guidance.
Until then, it’s pretty much up to us to stay safe out there on the roads. Everybody can do their part by obeying the rules of the road and being responsible drivers.
In the United States, the majority of car accidents are not caused by poor road conditions or mechanical failures. They’re almost exclusively due to human error, including:
- Distracted driving: Drivers need to put down their cell phones, tell their passengers to hush and concentrate on the roads and traffic.
- Drunk driving: This should go without saying by now, but drunk driving is never safe. Anyone who has been drinking should find alternate transportation.
- Speeding: Posted speed limits are not merely suggestions. Drivers who don’t obey speed limits put everyone at risk.
- Reckless driving: This includes tailgating, cutting other drivers off and shifting lanes rapidly. Usually combined with speeding, reckless driving can lead to serious accidents.
- Running red lights: Sometimes this is related to distracted driving, but it’s also often just a sign that a driver is impatient. It’s neither safe nor legal behavior.
- Poor weather: While drivers can’t control the weather conditions, they can decide to stay home if their car is not equipped to handle the roads. Too many drivers take chances when they shouldn’t.
A car crash has the potential to devastate your life and upend your ability to earn a living or provide for your family. If you were seriously hurt in a car crash due to another driver’s mistakes, find out what rights you have to compensation for your losses.