Some habits that you may engage in without thinking twice about them could actually be increasing your risks of being in a traffic accident in Homestead or your community. Are you guilty of any of these bad habits while driving?:
1) Multi-tasking. If you are trying to do more than one thing and one of the tasks you are trying to complete is driving a car, you are doing too much. When you are driving, you should not be focused on any other task. If your mind is thinking about a work project, you can easily miss cues on the road and that can lead you to cause a pedestrian accident in Homestead or another traffic accident.
2) Not treating trucks differently than cars. Trucks are different, and not only because of their size. They have far more blind spots, which means that when you drive too closely to them, the driver may not be able to see you. In addition, trucks handle differently than passenger vehicles. If you cut off a truck, it may not be able to stop in time and you may find yourself in a rear-end car crash. Trucks may also make more frequent stops along their route, so you need to be prepared to stop if you are following a truck.
3) Not paying attention at turns. Trucks turn wide and this can mean that you end up in a squeeze play accident if you do not pay attention. Always keep alert as to where a truck is turning and give the truck driver plenty of space to complete the turn.
4) Not making eye contact with other drivers. Making eye contact with other drivers and with pedestrians and bicyclists ensures that others on the road can see you. This can ensure that others are aware of your presence and you don’t crash into them. With a truck driver, making eye contact is especially important. Since trucks have so many blind spots, you need to be extra cautious in making sure that the driver can see you.
5) Lack of signaling and checking. Many drivers simply weave into another lane or make a turn without checking blind spots or mirrors – and without signaling. This bad habit can easily lead to a truck or motorcycle accident in Homestead or your community because there could be a vehicle in your own blind spot. Not signaling can also make it hard for truck drivers to know where you are headed, and they may not have enough warning about your intended move in time to avoid an accident.
Do you have bad habits that could lead to a fender bender or more serious accident?
If you have been injured in a traffic accident in Homestead or your community because of another driver’s bad habits or bad driving, you may be eligible for compensation under Florida law. To find out more, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation. The Flaxman Law Group attorneys have more than 60 years of combined legal experience and a track record of securing more than $100 million in compensation for clients.