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Dangerous Drivers on the Road

As the average American faces increasing pressures to do more in less time for family members, work commitments and education, the hectic pace of life has spilled on to our nation's streets and highways. Each day, drivers face dangers from other drivers who may be inattentive, aggressive, speeding, using cell phones or other communication devices, driving under the influence or while tired, inexperienced or unable to react to unexpected dangers and obstacles. These drivers can cause or contribute to serious or even fatal motor vehicle accidents.

If you were injured or lost a family member in a car accident, a personal injury attorney can work with you to obtain compensation for your injuries or the death of a family member.

Aggression on the Road

Aggressive drivers are more dangerous to other drivers because of their speed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that speed is a factor in a third of all motor vehicle crashes, and that speed as a factor increases the severity of a crash because at greater speeds of impact, automobile compartments are not designed to protect vehicle occupants from the greater forces involved in a high-speed crash.

Inattentive Driving

As Americans spend more time on the road each day, their vehicles have become a second home of sorts. Drivers eat, drink, talk on cell phones and monitor their children from behind the wheel. Faced with distractions, those drivers may not devote their full attention to the road. Other drivers, fatigued by work or play, may fall asleep or be too drowsy to react when the road conditions call for it. Unfortunately, fatigued or inattentive drivers do cause accidents when they fail to devote their full attention to the road, and the vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists around them.

Inexperienced and Older Drivers

Younger drivers lack the driving experience necessary to judge distances, deal with distractions and handle other critical situations. While many younger drivers gain these skills with practice, the risk of injury or death by age group is highest among the youngest drivers, particularly for males. Conversely, older drivers drive fewer miles than drivers in other age groups, but suffer greater injuries or death in crashes due to increased fragility as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Preventable Accidents

Alcohol is a contributing factor in roughly a third of all fatal accidents. Accidents caused by running red lights also kill or injure many more each year according to the Federal Highway Administration. These accidents are entirely preventable through education and greater caution on the part of drivers.

Conclusion

As congestion on our nation's highways and streets increases, drivers must acknowledge their responsibilities to other motorists and travelers on the road to be attentive and prepared to drive. If you have been injured as a result of someone's careless or inattentive driving, you should contact a personal injury attorney who can discuss your personal injury and car accident claims with you.

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