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Unsafe driving causes catastrophic crashes

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | motor vehicle accidents

Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles safely. When they don’t do that, catastrophic crashes can occur. In Georgia, a look at nine years’ worth of data shows that fatal crashes on the state’s roadways have increased.

There are many unsafe driving behaviors that drivers must avoid. Most are largely preventable, but some drivers think they can do whatever they want because they consider themselves safe and experienced drivers.

Preventable behaviors that must stop

Distracted driving kills an average of nine people each day in this country. All drivers must pay close attention to the roads. Cognitive, visual and manual distractions can all stop a driver from being able to operate their vehicles safely. Multitasking isn’t ever suitable while driving.

Drowsy driving is another critical unsafe driving hazard that must stop. A driver who’s fatigued can have microsleeps, which are short periods of sleep that last a few seconds up to 30 seconds. They may not remember certain points in their journey, which means they were unaware of their surroundings during that time.

Drunk driving is another unsafe behavior that must be prevented. Even if a driver only has a few sips of alcohol, they should avoid getting behind the wheel. Drunk drivers can often become aggressive, which is another unsafe driving behavior.

Short spurts of unsafe driving can result in devastation

Even short spurts of unsafe driving can lead to a crash that injures or kills. It only takes five seconds for a vehicle that’s moving 55 miles per hour to go the length of a football field. If a driver is distracted, fatigued, impaired or anything else unsafe, that’s a considerable time for a crash to occur.

Victims of unsafe driving crashes need urgent medical care. This can lead to significant costs. They may opt to pursue a compensation claim to recover those financial damages from a party liable for their harm. Working with a legal representative who can assist with this process is beneficial because seeking compensation can become a very complex undertaking.