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Are You Making Driver Errors That Can Cause an Accident?

Are You Making Driver Errors That Can Cause an Accident?

Are you making driver errors that can cause an accident? What steps can you take to adjust your behavior and reduce your risk of an auto accident in Kansas? Many drivers get comfortable driving a certain way, and this can lead to complacency. This complacent attitude increases the risk of a driver error. Whether you have 1, 10, or 20 years of experience behind the wheel, you'll want to avoid the following behaviors behind the wheel.

  • Don't Race Yellow Lights. Most lights cycle every 2-3 minutes. It's not very long, yet many choose to race the yellow. Racing the yellow increases the risk of a red light accident. Each day, approximately two people die in red light accidents. In 2017, 939 people died in such accidents, which represented a 10-year high in fatal accidents at red lights.
  • Don't Forget to Buckle up. In 2018, 9,778 people who were not wearing their seat belt died in motor vehicle accidents. While wearing a seat belt won't guarantee you will survive a crash, data collected in the past shows that your risk is significantly lower if you wear your belt each and every time you get into a vehicle.
  • Don't Brake Suddenly. Unless it's necessary, do not slam on your brakes when approaching an intersection, driving down a residential street, or driving through a parking lot. Stopping without warning is a leading cause of rear-end collisions.
  • Don't Drive Drowsy. The Governors Highway Safety Association report showed that in 2015, 5,000 people died in drowsy driving accidents. From 2009 to 2019, more than 72,000 drowsy driving accidents were reported to law enforcement. Driving while drowsy means you are driving with diminished reflexes and focus. If you find yourself falling asleep at the wheel, pull over and rest before returning to the road.
  • Don't Forget to Signal. Always put your turn signal on several seconds before you intend to change lanes or make a turn. Signaling your intentions gives vehicles behind you an opportunity to slow down, and it alerts pedestrians to your intended movement.
  • Don't Use Your High Beams All the Time. Using your high beams is something you should only do sparingly. You should always dim your beam when vehicles approach in the opposite direction, and you should not use high beams in heavy rains, snow, or foggy conditions as this can blind you.
  • Don't Drive in the Passing Lane. Stick to the right lane except when you are passing another vehicle. Driving in the left lane on open highways is dangerous, and the police can write you a ticket.

Call in the Bull to speak with an attorney about your motor vehicle accident. Our team can help you pursue claims for driver error in Kansas, Texas, Missouri, or Nebraska. You can call us at 1-800-241-BRAD, or call our local line at 316-684-4400 to speak with an attorney. You can reach Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can call Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237. You can call from Western Kansas at 620-THE-BULL.