Bad habits can be easy to get into, but when you get into bad habits on
the road, you could be risking a
car accident. Dangerous driving habits can cause accidents, but breaking these habits
can help protect you from injuries. Learn more about these unsafe behaviors,
and what you can do to prevent them.
Driving faster than is safe for conditions can be dangerous for not only
you, but also for other drivers around you. Speeding is one of the leading
causes of accidents. Adjust your speed appropriately for the conditions,
and slow down for poor weather, darkness, low visibility, or poor road
When your attention isn’t on the road, it is easy to be involved
in an accident. Texting or talking on the phone while driving, adjusting
the radio, applying makeup, or other distractions should be avoided. Wait
until you are stopped to handle anything besides driving.
Drifting Between Lanes
Failing to maintain your lane can also contribute to crashes. You may be
driving too fast for conditions or you may be distracted, but drifting
out of your lane can increase the risk of head-on collisions or running
off the road. Pay attention to the road and be sure to stay in your lane.
Passing When Unsafe
As frustrating as getting stuck behind a slow vehicle is, passing when
you don’t have adequate space to do so is a recipe for disaster.
Head-on collisions and running off the road are dangers when you pass
another vehicle on a two-lane road. Take extra care when passing, and
never pass when you can’t see what’s coming.
Failing to Yield
When merging or making left turns, be sure to yield the right of way to
those who have it. Failing to yield can be deadly. Allow others to pass
you before making turns or merging and stay safe.
Following the car in front of you too closely won’t allow you time
to stop or avoid them if they need to brake suddenly. Allow a gap between
you and the car in front of you that will let you stop safely. The gap
should be the about 3 to 4 seconds of space. Measure by counting the time
it takes you to pass a stationary object after the vehicle in front of
you passes it.
Speeding Up for Yellow Lights
Yellow lights are meant to indicate that traffic is about to be stopped,
but speeding up for them can cause you to run a red light. Slow for yellow
lights to avoid T-Bone accidents and take an extra moment to watch intersections
Changing your own driving habits can be an easy way to prevent causing
accidents. Other drivers may not be as safe, however. If you are injured
in an auto accident, you deserve compensation. Negligent drivers can leave
you injured and faced with expensive medical bills. An experienced car
accident lawyer can help you recover damages and ensure that your needs
will be met after the accident.
Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt, and Smith, we understand the importance of adequate compensation for your injuries.
Our team of Altoona auto accident lawyers is dedicated to your rights,
and we will work tirelessly to ensure that your case is resolved to your
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