Would you consider yourself a good, safe driver?
One of the ways you can avoid being involved in a Dallas car accident is to understand a bit about what times of day, what types of drivers, and what situations are genuinely dangerous.
There is no one demographic of drivers that is necessarily more of a threat to anyone on the road; there are bad drivers within every demographic. However, in general, younger drivers present the greatest hazards to other drivers on the road and to themselves. In 2008, according to the Texas Department of Transportation, drivers between the ages of 18 and 28 had the highest percentage of fatal crashes compared to all other age groups.
If you happen to be a member of this demographic, you can take that as a sign that you need to exercise some extra caution on the road. Even though you may be an excellent driver, a lack of experience means you probably haven’t seen every kind of bad driver out there and may not fully realize how much of a threat certain road conditions present to you.
One of the best ways to avoid becoming involved in a car crash is to simply know your limitations and to not overestimate your abilities.
Things to avoid.
One of the things that drivers of any age have to be careful to avoid is speeding. Among urban accidents in 2008, failures to control speed constituted 358 of the total accidents that took one or more lives. Speeding doesn’t necessarily mean going way over the speed limit. Speeding can mean going only a few miles an hour over the speed limit (or flow of traffic).
Even though this seems like it wouldn’t make much of a difference, in certain weather conditions and when pedestrians are around, a few extra miles per hour can make a big difference in the handling characteristics of a car. You may not be able to corner quite as well as you expect, and may not be able to break for a pedestrian in time to stop from hitting them.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash and someone was negligent in their driving, contacting a car accident lawyer should be your next step following medical treatment. Our lawyers will consult with you for free, take a look at the circumstances of your accident, and may be able to determine whether or not you can file a lawsuit to get compensation from the negligent driver.
To speak with one of our skilled Dallas area auto accident attorneys, call us 24 hours a day at 1-877-405-4313.