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Another driver's bad habits could place your health at risk

Bad habits can be difficult to break, but in many cases, another person's inclinations may pose little threat to your safety. However, when these habits pertain to the decisions a person makes while operating a motor vehicle, the potential risks you face could increase substantially.

As you might rely on your vehicle to reach a variety of destinations, leaving the car in the garage might not be an option. By gaining awareness of potentially dangerous driving habits to watch for while out on California roads, you could become better prepared to react to a variety of scenarios.

Being aware of bad driving habits

As you travel to and from your destinations, you may share the road with a multitude of drivers, and you cannot possibly expect to have control over the actions of others. Some of the most common habits that can have a negative impact on a person's ability to safely operate a vehicle may include:

  • Cell phone usage: Texting or talking on a cell phone is a habit that can prove exceedingly dangerous. Unfortunately, it is also a behavioral decision that is common among many drivers.
  • Lack of spacing: Drivers who choose to follow closely behind other vehicles have less time to react to a sudden slow-down or stop in traffic, and tailgating is one of the most common causes of rear-end collisions.
  • Reckless driving: Driving at excessive speeds and weaving in and out of traffic is dangerous, and drivers who exhibit such negligence often create unfortunate situations.
  • Lack of lights and indicators: Drivers who fail to use signal lights when making sudden lane changes or turns, or fail to turn on the headlights at night or during certain weather conditions, can also create potentially hazardous driving scenarios.

In some cases, you might encounter a driver who is reading a newspaper or wearing headphones, and steering clear of such negligence when possible is advisable.

When disaster strikes

Unfortunately, you can only control so much of what happens on the road, and if another driver's negligent decisions lead to a dangerous collision, you could suffer serious harm in the process. While you may wish to exercise your right to seek compensation, navigating the civil justice system can be a complex and intimidating process. However, you don't have to go through it alone; by seeking guidance early on, you could find yourself in a much better position to pursue the restitution deserved through a personal injury claim.

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