Road a Dangerous Place
Driving can be dangerous. While the individual behind the wheel, let’s assume it’s you the reader, may have a clean driving record and obeys the law to near perfection, the same cannot be said for others.
Not that long ago, the biggest danger for drivers was impaired driving. At the time, this was an inclusive term that covered alcohol and drug intoxication. This danger to drivers is still prevalent today, and thankfully law enforcement and the judicial system has put measures in place to curb these dangerous drivers.
The Curse of Smartphones
Technological advancements, we love them. However, with these exciting new technologies, a new danger has come to the forefront with motorists, and it falls under a similar label. Distracted Driving.
What is the “definition” of this? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is simply doing an activity, while driving, that takes your attention away from the task at hand, driving. Certainly, you can see where technology has played a role in dangerous driving conditions.
Do you enjoy football? Consider this, if you are traveling at 55 miles per hour and receive a text message, the time it takes you to read an average text equates to traveling the length of a football field.
Driving While Fatigued
Often left out of the discussion of dangerous driving circumstances is fatigued drivers. Chances are, if you are honest with yourself, you will answer this question with a yes.
Have you ever fallen asleep behind the wheel, or have you ever “drifted off” for a moment after a long day only to awaken as your tires hit the rumble strip or another motorist blew their horn at you?
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Teen drivers are particularly susceptible to fatigued driving. Sleep patterns are indicators of which teens are more likely to be a danger behind the wheel. Research indicates that teen drivers who sleep less than 8 hours a night are 33% more likely to be involved in an automobile crash than those who sleep 8 hours or more a night.
I Need Help, This Was Not My Fault
Have you been a victim of another driver’s negligence? Did you suffer financially, emotionally, or physically? All the above? Did you not seek legal counsel and paid dearly for this negligence?
Then, you certainly empathize with anyone who is on the receiving end of another driver’s poor judgement. According to Hendrick Crowell, hiring an attorney who has experience in what to expect from insurance companies, including the tactics they are known to use, is critical to receiving full compensation.
When each of us gets behind the wheel of our automobile, we do not set out for the road expecting to be involved in an auto accident. The reality is, our roads are filled with impaired, distracted, and fatigued drivers.
The question of if this will happen, being involved in an accident that was not your fault, is not in question. The issue is what to do when it occurs. Take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the necessary steps so that you can be prepared to protect yourself and your family.