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How driver complacency can lead to car accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Car Accidents |

No matter how vigilant you are on the road, the risk of getting into a car accident is never zero. One common cause of motor vehicle accidents is driver complacency. Some drivers rely on their years of driving experience while on the road.

When drivers become complacent, they tend to overestimate their own driving abilities and underestimate the risks on the road. Here are a few specific ways this complacency can manifest and lead to accidents:

Reduced attention to the road

Complacent drivers might pay less attention to the road and their surroundings. Because they feel like they are accustomed to the road, they are more likely to engage in distractions, such as using a smartphone, adjusting the radio or becoming engrossed in conversations with passengers.

Failure to practice defensive driving

Defensive driving is the practice of drivers being aware of potential hazards and being ready to react when necessary. This aims to reduce the dangers associated with driving by consciously practicing safe responses to the dangers of the road. Complacent drivers may not anticipate the actions of other road users and thus may not react in time to prevent a collision.

Neglected vehicle maintenance

Complacent drivers may also neglect routine vehicle maintenance, such as checking tire pressure, brakes and lights. This can lead to equipment failures that can cause accidents.

Drivers, both experienced and inexperienced, must stay alert, practice defensive driving techniques, follow traffic laws and regularly maintain their vehicles.

If you obtained car accident injuries due to another driver’s negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered. It is advisable to consult with a legal representative knowledgeable in personal injury laws to ensure you know your rights and remedies.

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