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Common Driving Behaviors That Increase Your Chances of an Accident

CoffeWhile there are countless ways to be injured in everyday life, auto and motorcycle accidents are among the most common that result in personal injury claims. Careless driving, driving under the influence, or even a mechanical defect due to poor maintenance or recalled parts can lead to tragic consequences.

Fortunately, it is more than possible to reduce the likelihood of an auto accident. All it takes is a little extra caution and the elimination of a few dangerous habits that are frequently linked with traffic violations, accidents, and unnecessary injuries. The next time you are behind the wheel, be wary of:

  • Speeding: Driving above the posted limit is an easy way to earn a citation. It is also one of the leading causes of auto accidents nationwide. It only takes one mistake to cause a crash, so each driver must do his or her part to prevent an accident. Under California Law, speeding is a moving violation, which can lead to hefty fines and a mandatory court appearance;
  • Running red lights:  It is easy to coast through a yellow light, but many drivers cut it dangerously close and end up running run through a red light. Just like speeding, running a red light is considered a moving violation and will not only get you a ticket, it also seriously increases the risk for causing an accident with a pedestrian or another car;
  • Driving with a mechanical issue: A minor mechanical problem like a broken tail light can seem like a petty issue, but even simple issues problems can cause your vehicle to operate less efficiently on the road. A burned-out turn signal, for example, could be the difference between changing lanes safely and causing an accident;
  • Distractions: This is possibly one of the most talked about dangers on the roadways today—along with driving under the influence. Texting, playing with the radio or other devices, putting on makeup, eating, or tending to children while driving are all activities that endanger everyone on the road.

It is also important to stay alert to changing weather patterns and roadway conditions. You should also plan ahead for things like meals or tolls so that you can remain focused on operating your vehicle safely.

Call Us for Help

If you have been injured in any type of auto accident, you need an advocate who will work hard on your behalf. Contact an experienced Monterey County personal injury attorney to discuss your case today. Call (408) 298-7200 for a free consultation at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. and learn more about how we can help you.

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