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The risks you take when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2023 | Car Accidents |

When you are behind the wheel, you are responsible for the choices you make. However, even if you make the right decisions, drive safely and adhere to the rules of the road, that does not mean that other Texas drivers do the same. You could be the safest driver on the road and still be the victim of the reckless or negligent actions of someone else. There are risks associated with driving, but there are steps you can take that will minimize those risks.

You may be able to reduce the chance that you will be involved in an accident by being cautious and careful, putting your phone away while driving and remaining attentive to other drivers. If you do these things, you may be lowering the chance that you will experience a crash. In the event that you are involved in an accident that was not your fault, there may be certain legal options available to you.

The actions of others

Most motor vehicle accidents are the result of the reckless or negligent actions of other drivers. Drunk driving, distraction or speeding are only a few of the most common, preventable car accident causes. The following behaviors are examples of risky driving that places drivers and other motorists at risk of a crash:

  • Driving after a few drinks or while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Engaging in distracting behaviors, such as texting, talking on the phone or using social media
  • Speeding or driving recklessly during bad weather, such as when the roads are wet
  • Following other vehicles too closely or engaging in other types of aggressive driving
  • Ignoring traffic laws or driving in an unsafe or distracted state of mind
  • Driving while too tired to pay attention to the road or stay awake

You are vulnerable to the actions and choices of other drivers, but through defensive driving and caution, you may be able to lower the chance that you will suffer in an accident.

Recovery after an accident

After an accident, you will benefit from seeking guidance from a professional who can provide you with insight regarding your legal options. You may have a valid claim to financial compensation through the civil justice system, but these cases are time sensitive, and your quick action is essential to your success in your effort to secure a full and fair recovery.