Besides driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), there are other forms of dangerous road behavior which continue to compromise the safety of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders. As identified by the NHTSA, these are reckless driving, overspeeding or driving at a speed that is unsafe on a particular road condition, and distracted driving, which is now the second major cause of road crashes.
Distracted driving takes different forms, so many of which are very ordinary acts, making drivers fail to realize that they are already being distracted. Besides cell phone use (use a hands-free or hand-held phone to text, call someone or answer someone’s call), which is currently identified as the most common form of driver distraction, distractions behind the wheel include: talking or arguing with a passenger; eating; reaching for an object, like from the back seat of the car, causing a driver to take his/her eyes off the road as well as take one hand off the wheel; adjusting a car radio or a GPS device; using a laptop; reading a map for directions; playing with a child or a pet; grooming, like brushing one’s hair, applying make-up, or fixing a tie; lighting a cigarette; and so many others.
Every year, more than five million motor vehicle crashes injure at least two million individuals and kill more than 30,000 others, based on records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Regardless of the cause of accidents, NHTSA studies say that more than 90% of these are results of errors committed by drivers.
There are hundreds of things that can be construed as driver error, most of which are often unnoticed, like distractions while behind the wheel. The ones most often reported though, include:
- Overspeeding or driving too fast for certain road conditions;
- Driving despite feeling drowsy or driving while impaired by alcohol;
- Not wearing a seatbelt;
- Driving recklessly, like driving through a red light, not stopping at intersections, changing lanes improperly, tailgating, improper turning, improper overtaking, unsafe passing;
- Texting, calling someone or answering the phone while driving; and,
- Distracted driving.
No driver would want to be involved in an accident, much more injure anyone, this is clear. However, drivers should realize that committing any of the errors mentioned above can very likely result in injury-causing accidents which, in the very first place are totally preventable because all these errors can be avoided by being responsible on the road.
Once an accident occurs, its results can no longer be undone. Spanish-speaking injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, however, explains that victims of car accidents have the right to file a civil lawsuit against the guilty party in order to seek compensation for whatever damages (present and future) the injury will cause them. Victims’ rights and interests being defended by a highly-qualified personal injury lawyer can be a lot of help to victims who will need good and strong arguments which may help secure for them the full amount of compensation that will cover all the damages they have been unjustly made to suffer.