Driving is an essential part of modern life, providing individuals with the freedom to travel and commute. However, this activity also comes with inherent risks and dangers that drivers must be aware of.
Each driver is responsible for their own actions while they drive and their decisions can greatly impact the safety of others on the road. All drivers should avoid these three particular behaviors so they can keep themselves and others on the roads as safe as possible.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of accidents on the road. It occurs when drivers divert their attention from the primary task of driving to focus on other activities, such as texting, using a mobile phone, eating, adjusting the radio or engaging in conversations with passengers. Distracted driving impairs a driver’s ability to react quickly to changing road conditions or other vehicles’ actions, increasing the likelihood of collisions.
Drunk driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol, is a major contributor to traffic accidents and fatalities. Alcohol impairs cognitive functions, including judgment, reaction time and motor skills, significantly increasing the risk of a crash. While the legal limit for most adults who can consume alcohol is .08%, the effects alcohol has on driving can occur at even lower limits. As a result, it’s best for drivers to avoid getting behind the wheel if they’ve consumed any alcohol.
Drowsy driving occurs when a driver operates a vehicle while fatigued or sleep-deprived. This state can significantly impair a driver’s ability to concentrate, react to hazards, and make sound decisions. Drowsy driving is often compared to drunk driving, as the effects of sleep deprivation can be as detrimental to driving performance as alcohol consumption. Shift workers, people who drive at night and those on certain medications are more susceptible to drowsy driving.
Even if you’re driving safely, you may be struck by a driver who succumbed to one of these three temptations. Seeking compensation for financial damages is possible under these circumstances, but be sure you seek legal guidance quickly because Wisconsin law limits the time you have to take legal action.