Common Negligent Driving Behaviors

You could be the safest driver in the world. For example, you always wear your seatbelt, your mirrors are adjusted properly, and you never get behind the wheel while tired or impaired. However, it only takes one careless driver to cause a car accident.

According to the NCDOT, there were 110,406 people injured and 1,262 people killed in car accidents in 2012. Most accidents are caused by driver negligence in some form. Common negligent driving behaviors include:

Distracted Driving – We’ve all seen driver’s texting, putting on make-up and chatting away on their cell phones when they should be keeping their eyes on the road. The NCDOT estimates that 23.2% of crashes in 2012 were caused by distracted drivers.
Aggressive Driving - Yes, it seems we are always in a hurry! Some drivers will do anything to avoid a stoplight or pass a driver that they deem slow. In NC, 32% of crashes were related to speeding and many accidents involving speeding were fata. Other forms of aggressive driving that leads to accidents include tailgating, running red lights or making risky lane changes.
● Impaired Driving – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 10,000 deaths involving alcohol-impaired drivers in 2012. At Wilson Law PA, we take a firm stand against drunk or impaired driving. Any death or injury caused by an individual who intentionally operated a vehicle while impaired is one too many! Do your part by volunteering be a designated driver or calling a cab for a friend who appears impaired.
Driver Fatigue – We all want to make it home after a long day’s work to see our kids or our spouses before they go to bed. Sadly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that up to 2.6% of fatal crashes between 2005-2009 were caused by drowsy drivers. If you feel your head nodding, your eyelids drooping or if you are yawning excessively, pull over somewhere safe and take a nap before resuming your ride.
Vehicle Defects – Like many states, North Carolina requires that all vehicles submit to a yearly safety inspection, but this does guarantee that all cars are running in optimal condition. Brakes can fail, tires can blow out or there could be other defective parts on a car. Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the latest vehicle part recalls.

Protect Yourself
When a careless driver is involved, you may not always be able to protect yourself, but you can take safety precautions. Always wear your seatbelt, stay alert, drive defensively and NEVER get behind the wheel if you have been drinking or feel too tired. Better to be late than to never arrive at all! If you have been hurt in accident due to a negligent driver, please contact Wilson Law, P.A. for a free consultation.

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