Do you spend a lot of time in your vehicle? If so, you are not alone. According to a survey by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, we spend an enormous amount of time in our vehicles each year. Respondents reported that they spent about 290 hours on the road each year traveling an average of 10,900 miles annually.
That equals about seven 40-hour work weeks according to a research director at AAA. The survey also revealed:
- Men drive more miles each year compared to women
- More than 86 percent of U.S. households have at least one vehicle for every driver in the home
- Drivers in rural areas drive more miles compared to drivers in cities or towns
- Seniors over 75 drive fewer miles compared to teen drivers
- Over 62 percent of total miles are driven without a passenger in the vehicle
- Americans drive most during the fall and least during the winter
As interesting as the above data is, a closer look at the actual driving habits gives us an indication of why drivers cause accidents.
Bad Driving Habits in Louisville
Several bad driving habits increase your risk for being involved in a motor vehicle accident in Louisville.
Speeding and Reckless Driving
Speeding and reckless driving are two of the most common reasons for car accidents. Speed limits are set to provide a safe environment for all drivers. The limits are set based on road conditions and other factors. When a driver exceeds the posted speed limit, the driver is increasing the risk of causing a car accident.
Driving Too Fast for Conditions
You don’t have to exceed the speed limit to be driving too fast. Speed limits are set for optimal driving conditions. In poor weather, you should slow down to decrease your risk of being in an accident. Likewise, heavy traffic and road construction are two other conditions that require drivers to slow down.
Drowsy driving is becoming a serious problem throughout the United States. Various surveys show that thousands of drivers admit to falling asleep behind the wheel. Drivers who get less than six hours of sleep are at a higher risk of causing a drowsy driving accident.
Tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and road rage are examples of aggressive driving. Running late is a common reason why someone drives aggressively. Allowing plenty of time to reach your destination can reduce aggravation and the temptation to drive aggressively.
Drunk and Drugged Driving
Incidents of drunk and drugged driving are also increasing. Even though Louisiana has severe penalties for a DUI conviction, many people choose to ignore the law and drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Distracted driving has become the most common cause of car accidents. Drivers engage in a variety of activities behind the wheel including texting, talking on the phone, reading, surfing the web, grooming, and eating. Any activity that takes your focus off the road is a potentially deadly distraction.
Call a Louisville Car Accident Attorney
If a driver causes an accident, that driver should be held liable for his or her bad driving habit that resulted in your injuries. Call our Louisville car accident attorney for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Call the Shelton Law Group at 1-888-761-7204 or use the online contact form on our website to ask questions or request a free case evaluation with an experienced Louisville car accident attorney.