If you’ve ever wondered why more than 35,000 people lose their lives in car accidents annually, the main reason is human error. After all, these mistakes cause the majority of accidents.
Moreover, there are a lot of mistakes that drivers consistently make nearly every time they get in the car. Even those who consider themselves safe drivers have probably made these mistakes at some point. This can make it feel like getting on the road is such a massive risk because it’s just a matter of time until one of those mistakes causes a crash.
Examples of such mistakes
One way to work on staying safe is to understand the mistakes that drivers make repeatedly so that you can watch out for them. Here are a few examples:
- Speeding up to make it through a yellow light, rather than slowing down and stopping at the red light.
- Driving too close to the next car, known as tailgating, sometimes happens unintentionally.
- Turning or switching lanes without using a turn signal.
- Getting distracted while driving, perhaps by a cellphone or a passenger.
- Breaking the speed limit, even if it only means going a few miles an hour over that limit.
- Not understanding how to properly take turns at a four-way stop.
- Driving too fast for conditions, such as failing to slow down when the road is wet
Any of these things could cause a serious car accident in a split second. If you’ve been injured because another driver made one of these mistakes, then you may need to look into your options to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.