Safely operating a motor vehicle requires a driver’s undivided attention. If not fully alert, a driver is at a higher risk of becoming injured in a serious accident. Unfortunately, dangerous drivers often drive under conditions that may leave them incapable of paying full attention to surrounding traffic, warning signs, and other hazards while driving.
Types of Dangerous Drivers
Being intoxicated is the worst condition to be in while driving. Drunk drivers run the risk facing a DWI charge, and also make the roads more dangerous for other drivers. Because alcohol inhibits motor skills and makes it more difficult for the driver to focus, driving while intoxicated should be avoided at all costs. Using a designated driver is the most effective way to prevent drinking and driving.
Drivers who are easily distracted on the road are also dangerous drivers. Distractions take the driver’s attention away from the road, preventing the driver from adapting to the constantly changing conditions of the road.
Common types of distractions include:
- Using cell phones while driving
- Eating while driving
- Applying makeup when driving
In addition to these three driving distractions, there are also many less obvious distractions that threaten driver safety on the road. When driving, please take note of any potential distractions and make an effort to avoid them.
Being sleepy severely restricts your ability to pay attention to the road and react in a timely fashion. This reduced attentiveness makes drowsy and exhausted drivers far more likely to become involved in an accident. In cases of extreme exhaustion, driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. To avoid feeling tired while driving, here are a few things you can do to stay awake and alert.
- Drink coffee or tea before driving
- Play loud, energetic music
- Crack open a window to let in some fresh air.
It is also important to make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night, while teens need 9-10 hours of sleep. If you are getting less than the recommended hours of sleep at night, please consider adjusting your evening schedule to make room for more rest.
Contact the Kyle Law Firm
If you have been injured in a car accident involving one of these types of drivers, you will need legal representation to seek payment for your damages. Our attorneys at the Kyle Law Firm in San Marcos and New Braunfels, Texas will ensure that you receive fair compensation. To speak with an experienced car accident lawyer today, please do not hesitate to contact the Kyle Law Firm.