Traveling Texas highways or other roadways in the nation can be extremely stressful. Long gone are the days when families took leisurely Sunday drives at low speeds, just for fun to enjoy the open road and time together. With as many accidents as there are nowadays, you might find yourself thinking it’s safer to stay home than to get behind the wheel and risk a collision. It’s highly unlikely that you could continue to function in your everyday life without ever traveling by car.
Therefore, it makes sense to learn and follow the rules of the road and to be aware of the types of situations that often lead to accidents. When you adhere to traffic regulations and keep a lookout for potential danger, you up your chances for safe arrival at your destination. It never hurts, however, to check out the type of resources available for legal support ahead of time, in case you unexpectedly find yourself in an hour of need.
5 major causes of collisions resulting in injury
It’s sometimes possible to predict and avoid a crash if you see a potential sign of danger and have enough time to safely and quickly react to avoid a problem. Many times, the following situations occur moments before sounds of metal crashing in motor vehicle accidents:
- Excessive speed: Anytime you share the road with another driver who fails to adhere to posted speed limits, you are at grave risk for injury.
- Unsafe merges: Yield signs serve a purpose and are not there as recommendations. If a driver fails to yield, it can result in tragedy.
- Tailgating: Nothing is more disconcerting while driving that seeing a car (or worse, a tractor-trailer) barreling up behind you in your rear view mirror with headlights so close to your bumper you think the vehicle might crash through the back of your car at any given moment. Following another vehicle too closely is a major safety risk.
- Not stopping where required: How many times have you seen a car blow through a stop sign or red light? Intersections are some of the most dangerous locations on the road, and reckless drivers place themselves and all who share the road in harm’s way.
By slowing down as you approach an intersection, always using your turn signals and driving in a focused and cautious manner, you may be able to avoid collision. If another car collides with yours and you suffer injury, one or more of the factors listed here may be the reason.
Texas law allows anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident that another person’s negligence caused to seek recovery for losses suffered by filing a personal injury claim in a civil court.