As a general rule, you can’t predict when an auto accident will occur. However, it may be possible to pinpoint the behaviors that may increase the risk of a crash taking place on a Texas highway. Taking steps to minimize or eliminate these behaviors may make it possible to reduce your chances of being in a collision at any given time.
Don’t drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol
Alcohol, marijuana and prescription medications can impair your ability to track moving objects, such as pedestrians or vehicles. It can also make it harder to process information, such as the speed limit on a given road or the fact that a traffic light is changing from green to red. Most states have zero-tolerance laws when it comes to driving while impaired by drugs. Furthermore, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol content is .08% or greater.
Distracted driving can increase your accident risk
It is impossible for the human brain to focus on more than one task at any particular moment. Therefore, you can’t expect to be able to keep an eye on road conditions while making a phone call, eating a sandwich or putting on makeup. It is important to note that it can still be dangerous to use a hands-free device to make a phone call or send a text message.
Excessive speed can increase the chances of a crash
The faster your vehicle is traveling, the harder it can be to take evasive action to avoid a wreck. In addition, you’ll have less time to process the fact that another vehicle has come to a stop or that a pedestrian is trying to cross the road.
If you are involved in a wreck caused by a negligent driver, it may be in your best interest to contact an MVA attorney. A lawyer may use various forms of evidence to prove that the person who caused the crash was impaired, distracted or driving too fast for road conditions when it occurred.