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3 dangerous driving behaviors

On Behalf of | Dec 2, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

People who are driving around are expected to operate their vehicle safely. While most drivers do this, there are some who don’t make the best decisions.

Drivers who aren’t in the appropriate condition to drive can cause crashes that injure or kill others. There are a few actions that are extremely dangerous and should be avoided.

#1: Drowsy driving

Drowsy driving is dangerous because fatigue can stop a driver from being able to react to the road suitably. It’s possible to be drowsy for more reasons than just missing out on sleep. Some common causes of fatigued driving include:

  • Driving for long hours
  • Driving during normal sleep hours
  • Working swing shifts
  • Suffering from certain medical conditions
  • Taking medications that induce drowsiness

Getting off the road and getting sleep is the only effective way to combat fatigued driving.

#2: Distracted driving

Drivers must be able to focus on driving. There are three primary forms of distractions.

  • Manual distractions occur when a driver takes their hands off the wheel.
  • Cognitive distractions happen when a driver is thinking about something other than driving.
  • Visual distractions occur when a driver has to look away from the road.

Even short distractions can be catastrophic. A driver who’s distracted for five seconds while going 55 miles per hour will move the length of a football field.

#3: Drunk driving

Impairment slows down a driver’s reaction time and alters how they process information. These can be devastating when they’re behind the wheel. Impaired driving can stem from more than just alcohol:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Illegal substances

Anything that alters your ability to think or that affects your ability to control your body’s movements can lead to impaired driving.

Anyone who’s struck by a driver who’s drunk, drowsy, or distracted may choose to seek compensation. This enables you to try to recover the financial damages of the crash. You can seek compensation for missed wages, medical care expenses and other costs related to the injuries you suffered in the wreck. Illinois law limits your time to do this, so act swiftly.