6 kinds of drivers to watch for in the New Year

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2024 | Firm News |

It’s a new year and a new you, but there are a lot of the same drivers on the road. In other words, you need to be just as safe on the road this year as you were last year. That may mean you need to be extra careful about the drivers around you.

Here’s a list of drivers who have higher odds of causing auto accidents: 

Drivers who are drunk

Drivers can’t drink and drive, but that doesn’t stop many people. A drunk driver has impaired vision, judgment and reaction time. A driver might have been drinking if you notice they’re running red lights, swerving between lanes or making sudden stops.

Drivers who are drowsy

Studies have shown that driving while drowsy may be just as bad as drunk driving. Drowsy drivers may experience similar effects as drunk drivers. A driver who is tired may even fall asleep behind the wheel and swerve off the road.

Drivers who are distracted

Driving distractions are one of the leading causes of auto accidents. A driver is likely distracted if you notice they’re on their phone. Other driving distractions can be caused by eating, changing the radio and talking to passengers. 

Drivers who are aggravated

Many drivers become aggravated by traffic. An aggressive driver may tailgate, brake check or speed. These actions can endanger other drivers. 

Drivers who are negligent

Many auto accidents happen because of negligence. For example, a driver may forget to indicate which way they’re turning. Or, a driver may open their door without looking for traffic. 

Drivers who are inexperienced 

Everyone learns to drive for the first time, but very few people remember what it was like to drive without experience. People who are new to driving may make simple mistakes that lead to auto accidents.

If you’re a victim of an auto accident, then you shouldn’t let it ruin your New Year. You may need to reach out for legal help as you discuss your compensation options.