You may be the safest and most cautious driver, but you are still at risk when others on the road act negligently and recklessly. Many Oklahoma drivers maintain poor habits behind the wheel that significantly increase the chance of an accident, but they may not see how their choices endanger themselves and others. Regardless, each individual is responsible for the choices he or she makes or does not make while behind the wheel.
Even small mistakes can have serious consequences. One moment of distraction, one error or one wrong decision can result in consequences that may include an innocent person suffering serious or fatal injuries. If you or a loved one suffered because of the actions of another driver, there may be legal options available to you through which you may be able to seek financial compensation.
Dangerous habits with troubling results
Drivers who have dangerous habits while operating a vehicle may not realize how risky their behavior truly is. Some of the most common yet dangerous driving habits include the following:
- Aggressive driving — Speeding and following too closely are only two examples of how a driver can act aggressively. Both of these things increase the chance of a car accident.
- Driving under the influence — Consuming even small amounts of drugs or alcohol can affect a driver’s behavior. Driving with elevated levels of drugs or alcohol is inexcusable and greatly increases the chance of an accident.
- Drowsy driving — At some point, most people drive while slightly tired, but driving while dangerously fatigued can lead one to make reckless and negligent choices. Drowsy drivers often display the same behaviors as drunk drivers.
- Distracted driving — Drivers sometimes think they can safely drive while also texting, reading an email, eating, drinking coffee and more, but they cannot. Even a moment of distraction can have devastating consequences.
Victims of car accidents caused by other drivers often feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Through the civil justice system, it is possible to pursue compensation for financial losses and other damages experienced because of the poor choices of another person. If you suffered, you do not have to suffer alone. A prudent course of action for you would be to seek an evaluation of your case and assessment of the specific options available.