Even if you are the most mindful driver in the world, nothing can guarantee that you will never be in a car accident. Sadly, even if you never make mistakes and are always alert, there are plenty of negligent motorists who may crash into you. Dangerous drivers cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year.
Unfortunately, there is no shortage of inexperienced, careless and reckless drivers on the road. Here are a few of the most common driving behaviors that result in car accidents.
Speeding takes several forms, including the following:
- Driving over the posted speed limit
- Driving too fast for conditions, such as inclement weather or construction zones
The connection between speed and the severity of a crash is obvious and based on simple physics. When a driver goes too fast, the more likely you are to suffer a serious injury in an accident.
2. Driving under the influence
Alcohol and drug consumption impair motorists to the point where they cannot operate their vehicles safely. These substances slow reaction time, impair judgment and reduce the ability to focus. Impaired driving is always dangerous, whether because of alcohol, marijuana, illicit substances or even certain prescription medications.
3. Distracted driving
There are tons of potential distractions for drivers today. If a motorist is using a phone, putting on makeup, shaving or eating while driving, he or she cannot properly pay attention to the road. Texting while driving is against the law in North Carolina. Unfortunately, negligent motorists often ignore the law.
4. Failing to follow traffic signs and signals
Stop signs, yield signs and traffic lights exist to keep the roads safe. It is easy and straightforward to follow the rules. Sadly, some drivers do not obey traffic laws.
5. Reckless driving
Some motorists are outright irresponsible and do not care for the safety of others. Behaviors such as weaving in and out of traffic, swerving, accelerating suddenly and excessively speeding are all likely to result in collisions.