Most people consider themselves to be good drivers, but almost everyone engages in at least one habit that could increase their risk of getting into an accident. For instance, it isn’t uncommon for drivers to perform rolling stops at intersections or to drive faster than the posted speed limit. Let’s look at some other potentially dangerous driving habits people engage in while traveling on Kentucky roads.
Following other vehicles too closely
It is important to stay a reasonable distance behind the car in front of yours at all times. As a general rule, you need about 240 feet to come to a complete stop while traveling at 60 miles per hour. However, you may need even more room to stop if you’re driving on roads covered in ice, snow or slush.
Driving while distracted
Anything that takes your focus away from driving can be thought of a distraction. For instance, taking a sip of coffee could be a dangerous act as it forces you to look away from the road while your car is in motion. Using a cellphone while driving can be dangerous because it might require you to take your eyes off of the road, your hands off of the steering wheel and your focus away from what vehicles are doing. If you are hurt by a distracted driver, a motor vehicle accident attorney may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
Failing to keep up with the pace of traffic
During periods of bad weather, it may be necessary to drive slower than the posted speed limit. Doing so will give you more time to stop, slow down or take other actions to avoid an accident. It’s also worth noting that you can create a potential safety hazard by traveling significantly slower than other vehicles in your vicinity.
Despite all precautions that you take, other motorists who are sharing the road with you might not be as careful An attorney may develop a strategy to help you obtain a favorable settlement or jury award and may use witness statements, police reports or other evidence to show that a crash was caused by the negligence of another driver.