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Look out for these human hazards while driving in California

Are you suffering the consequences of a car accident that resulted from another person's negligence? Mounting medical bills, lost wages and other losses may be overwhelming. Considering the numbers of people who are injured or killed in car accidents in California every year, you could view automobiles as a risk to the health and safety of all.

Although vehicle and road safety has improved significantly over the last century, the same may not apply to many drivers. Reportedly, human error is one of the primary causes of road accidents. For this reason, your safety on the road may not depend only on your careful driving but rather on your ability to avoid other, less cautious drivers.

What are frequent causes of road accidents?

If you know the typical causes of crashes, you might recognize the red flags and telltale signs of accidents waiting to happen. The following circumstances often create potentially dangerous conditions:

  • Inclement weather: Although it requires special skills to navigate a vehicle in adverse weather conditions, not all drivers adjust their driving to suit the conditions. Cautious driving at lower speed and increased following distances may prevent accidents.
  • Recklessness: You can recognize reckless drivers by their blatant disregard for road rules. Typical actions include rapid lane changing without signaling, ignoring traffic lights and other road signs, and making dangerous turns without considering other road users.
  • Speeding: Excessive speed increases the chances of causing an accident because it reduces the driver's ability to react quickly enough in emergencies. Speed limits have a purpose, and compliance can save lives.
  • Impaired driving: Regardless of whether drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while impaired threatens not only their own lives but also the lives of their passengers and other motorists. In fact, even pedestrians are vulnerable to drunk drivers. You might recognize impaired drivers by their erratic driving.
  • Distractions: Distracted driving is reportedly the primary cause of auto accidents nationwide. You may protect yourself by looking out for drivers who are using their mobile devices for texting or talking. Also, drivers may be distracted by eating and drinking, putting on make-up or shaving, and even trying to control over-active children in their cars. You may also want to look out for drivers who find their surroundings distracting.

Despite being vigilant, you might still land in a hospital after an auto accident that resulted from another person's negligence. If this happens, you may have grounds for a civil lawsuit to pursue recovery of financial losses and emotional damages. Navigation of such a claim may be easier with the support and guidance of experienced legal counsel.

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