Road rage is one of the leading causes of car accidents in the United States. It is defined as uncontrolled aggressive or violent behavior toward another driver’s actions on the road. If you’ve ever been on a highway and have driven behind a slow driver, you can probably understand what causes road rage in a person. But whereas you or someone else may act rationally in the circumstances, some people take irrational actions which can cause injuries both to themselves and to other drivers on highways or roads. Illegal driving maneuvers which are provoked by road rage may include tailgating, cutting off other drivers, not using turn signals, or verbally abusing other drivers. The effects of road rage are severe. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that “an average of at least 1,500 men, women, and children are injured or killed each year in the United States as a result of aggressive driving.” If you’ve been hit by an aggressive driver while on the road or highway, call our team of personal injury attorneys today at 888-355-4752.
Nationwide, drunk driving kills 28 people each day. Despite this, many drivers still continue to operate vehicles after having a few drinks, despite the obvious penalties that they’ll face under the law if caught. Drunk drivers can inflict damage in various ways on the road, some of which can include passing a red light or stop driving, driving too fast or too slow, or driving on the wrong side of the road. Drivers faced with a DUI charge can be fined, have their licenses suspended, and go to jail. In some cases, the supplier of the alcohol can be charged as well. If you’ve been an unfortunate victim of someone driving under the influence, call our team of accident attorneys today at 888-355-4752.
Texting While Driving
Its important as that text message may be when you’re driving on the road, it probably isn’t important enough to risk crashing into another vehicle. Before the age of technology, multitasking has never been so pervasive. But just as a computer can’t handle too many processes before it crashes, the human brain can only handle so much information at a time while driving. Driving involves many split decisions, so if you’re in the car while listening to the radio, checking texts, and making a turn, you’re probably not going to give your full attention to all of these tasks. Checking a text while the light is red can also seem like a great idea, until the light’s already been green for five seconds and you’ve missed your turn and five cars are honking at you behind you. Now imagine you do it on a highway while a car’s trying to pass in front of you. Hello rear end collision! Here’s a tip: try texting when you’re already parked, or just wait until you get home to check that message. If someone else who was texting has hit you, call our personal injury attorneys today at 888-355-4752.
Driving at Night
It’s easy to get into a car accident if you or another driver forgot to turn on their headlights after the sun has set. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re driving at night:
- Keep your windows clean. Dirty windows can distort your vision on all sides of you while you’re driving.
- Keep your headlights on. This is the #1 cause of car accidents at night.
- Reduce noise levels in the car. Turn off your radio so you can pay attention to what the other vehicles are doing around you on the road.
- Keep your ears and eyes open for any traffic changes on the roads and highways.
If you’ve been hit by another driver while driving at night, call our personal injury lawyers today at 888-355-4752