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5 Lethal Driving Errors

When learning to drive, we are taught to handle the road with safety and responsibility. While most drivers will devotedly follow this task, mistakes can occur when we least expect them. Even the smallest of errors can produce serious outcomes by placing many lives at risk. To avoid these dangers and keep our roads safe, it’s important to know and understand the most common and deadly mistakes a driver can make.

Tired Driving

Most people would refrain from doing their daily activities in a drowsy state, yet many will still take to the road with heavy eyelids. According to the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, drowsy driving can be as dangerous as intoxicated driving. About 1,500 deaths occurred as a result of drowsy driving in 2007 alone. Get some rest before hitting the road, and keep yourself and others out of danger.

Overreacting

The first thing drivers will do when a vehicle gets uncomfortably close is steer the wheel in the opposite direction, but this can potentially cause an accident as well. Abruptly over-steering can be a rollover waiting to happen due to the speed of the vehicle and its momentum. Overreacting at the wheel is the cause of 4% of all vehicle accidents in the nation. Always stay calm at the wheel and keep your focus on the road ahead.

Dangerous Swerves

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed a total of 15,574 people were killed as a result of drivers who veered off their lane in 2007. It’s a simple mistake, but one that can cause catastrophic injuries and even death. Remain attentive and maintain proper distance from other lanes.

Speeding

In our cut-throat society, there is no place for tardiness; however, avoiding it by speeding is not a solution. According to the NHTSA, speeding is the second-highest cause of death in car crashes. To avoid a catastrophic accident, play it safe by making arrangements to leave for your destination earlier.

Intoxication

Drunk driving is a serious problem that claims many lives each year. Records show 60% of nighttime fatalities in 2007 occurred as a result of intoxicated driving. The rates of death are so alarming that one occurs every 40 minutes. There’s nothing wrong with having a night of fun, but make sure you designate a driver for a lift home or call a taxi to ensure your safety.

The Representation You Need

A negligent driver’s actions can be devastating, but the Ramey Law Firm is here for you. Our caring personal injury attorney will give you the legal backing needed to reach the compensation you deserve.

Let us shoulder your burden of medical bills, loss of wages and car repairs. Tell us your story and let us use the evidence of your accident to create a solid plan of action. For more information about our legal services, contact our office in Dallas today.