No matter how skilled you are behind the wheel, all drivers face dangers. Motorists that pay attention to their surroundings are less likely to experience an accident.
Keep yourself safe in the car by learning some of the top risks drivers face.
Glaring winter sun
The intense sunlight during daylight savings time can blind drivers. Wearing sunglasses and using your visors can help but will not eliminate the problem. Sun glare is usually at its worst during morning and evening commutes.
Traveling at night
Rural areas often lack streetlamps and are pitch-black at night. People with vision problems often see light bursts when confronted with headlights. Navigating under these circumstances makes it easier to hit an animal, pedestrian or another vehicle.
Driving through fog
Fog is one of the most dangerous weather conditions because you cannot do much about it. Using low-beam headlights and staying under the speed limit can help you avoid a collision. When visibility is too low, it may be necessary to pull over. If possible, delay your departure until after the haze has lifted.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, distraction-related accidents injure 1,000 people per day in the United States. Distractions are not limited to phone calls and texts. Changing the radio station, eating or fussing with your kids all contribute to your ability to pay attention.
Even when you are aware of all the risks, sometimes mistakes happen. If you find yourself the victim of a motor vehicle accident, an attorney can help you seek compensation.