Some of the threats that you face when you’re out on the road are somewhat predictable. There are some common, but very dangerous, ways that people oftentimes drive. To make sure that you’re ready for these drivers, keep their common habits in mind and watch out for them when you’re on the road.
Threat #1: Not Signaling
When drivers are distracted, and they tend to be an awful lot these days, they oftentimes forget to turn on their turn signals until the instant before they veer off the road or into another lane. When someone is in front of you, make sure you’re paying attention to their taillights and the signal lights. It’s easy to get distracted and to not notice. If they’re making it even more difficult by not signaling in time to warn the drivers behind them, they pose a real threat.
Threat #2: Sudden Stops
While this is common enough on the road, it’s even more common in parking lots. Watch out for drivers who are looking at everything around them except the other drivers they’re sharing the road with.
Threat #3: No Lights
All too often, drivers fail to turn on their lights in the dawn and dusk hours and when it gets rainy out. Make sure you keep an eye out for these drivers, as well.
Threat #4: Everything but the Road
You can watch for body language that will tell you that a driver might be distracted. For example, if they’re constantly looking down or over at the passenger seat, chances are that there’s something there that they’re paying more attention to than the road. Watch out for drivers who are texting or playing with other electronic devices.
Threat #5: Tailgaters
These drivers probably contribute more to the car accident rate than most others. If someone is tailgating you, make every effort to let them get by. If they’re that aggressive, they’re paying attention to where they want to be and to their own anger, not to you or anyone else on the road.
If the driver exhibiting these bad habits has injured you, be sure to talk to a Dallas auto accident lawyer. There’s a chance that you could get compensated for your injuries and for the loss of your vehicle. Negligent driving is never acceptable, and is sometimes cause to bring a lawsuit.