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Common driver mistakes that lead to accidents

Across Kentucky and other U.S. states, drivers are becoming more aware about the risks of driving while distracted. Many drivers understand how dangerous driving while texting or talking on the phone can be. However, there are many other factors that can contribute to accidents.

You might think that you’re a safe driver, but there are likely several bad driving habits you are guilty of. While you might not think that these errors are serious, most drivers never expect an accident until it’s too late.

One of the biggest errors that drivers make is driving above the speed limit. While speeding occasionally might not seem like a big deal, it’s one of the leading contributors to car accidents. Speeding often occurs whenever drivers are racing to get to a destination while under time constrictions. The next time you’re tempted to speed, think about how many bad accidents could be avoided if all drivers adhered to the posted speed limits.

Many drivers also make the mistake of changing lanes or turning without using their turn signals. Whenever drivers fail to alert other drivers about where they’re going, it could put many people in harm’s way. This issue is especially problematic when drivers slow down to turn without putting their blinker on. If drivers behind are caught off guard, the offending driver could be rear-ended.

Another common driver error involves failing to adhere to traffic signs. If you blow through stop or yield signs because you assume that no one else is around, you may not know when another driver or pedestrian is coming out of nowhere.

Car accidents can lead to serious repercussions, ranging from expensive medical bills to lost wages due to the inability to work. If you’re involved in an accident, you might consider seeking the guidance of an attorney who works with victims of auto accidents.