Auto accident risks run the gamut, but some of the most common auto accident risks are also some of the most frequent infractions, such as tailgating and speeding. In fact, tailgating and speeding have become so commonplace on America’s roadways that few people even realize that they are significantly increasing their risk of an auto accident. According to a study from Drivecam, Inc., a global driver risk management company, drivers are at the highest risk of rear-ending a vehicle when they are following less than 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of them. Another common culprit of car crashes is the failure to use turn signals. As we reported, a study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers found that nearly 2 million accidents a year are caused by drivers’ failure to use a turn signal. An MSNBC article states that research shows that more than twice as many accidents are caused by drivers who fail to use their turn signal than distracted driving. In fact, drivers fail to use their turn signals nearly half of the time they change lanes, and a quarter of the time that they make a turn.
How to Minimize Your Auto Accident Risks
In order to minimize the risk of a car crash, drivers should:
- Avoid texting or talking on the phone while driving.
- Drive within posted speed limits (or slower if driving conditions are comprised).
- Use turn signals.
- Keep a safe distance between their car and the car in front of them. In general, drivers should keep 10 feet between vehicles for every 10 mph. For instance, if you are driving 30 miles per hour, you should keep 30 feet between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. If you are driving 60 mph, the distance should be 60 feet. Safe driving distance can also be calculated by traveling at least 3 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Driving distance should be increased – doubled in some cases – when driving conditions are compromised, such as during rain, snow, or fog. If you are being tailgated, move to a different lane, if possible.
Contact a Car Crash Lawyer
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you should consult with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. The Chicago auto accident lawyers at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are dedicated to helping the victims of car accidents obtain maximum financial recovery for their injuries, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disability. We will advise you of your legal rights and guide you through the entire claim process. If you have been involved in an auto accident or would like to learn more about car crash risks, contact Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish at (312) 782-1386 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago car accident lawyers. Additional Information:
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