There are many different examples of things that increase your odds of being involved in an accident or that directly cause an accident. For instance, distracted driving is a serious issue because people will often use their cellphones in the car. Drunk driving is also an issue because impaired drivers have slower reaction times and make unnecessary mistakes.
But one thing to keep in mind is that most accidents don’t stem from one singular cause. The only reason that someone crashes isn’t because they’re impaired or because they’re distracted. Often, there are a variety of issues that are all compounding each other and making the odds of a crash much more likely.
For example, drinking alcohol before you drive helps to lower your inhibitions. You’ll then take risks that you wouldn’t necessarily take otherwise. This is why someone who has been drinking may be more likely to break the speed limit or engage in other unsafe driving practices when egged on by their friends, who are in the car with them.
On top of that, this individual could be significantly distracted simply by being in the car with other people. Perhaps they have loud music on. Maybe they’re trying to watch the GPS screen while they drive. Maybe other people in the car are all having excited conversations. These sorts of distractions all add to the fact that the driver was already impaired to begin with, and they’re made even worse if their driver then begins to break the speed limit, pass aggressively, or make other poor driving decisions.
The risks you face
You can certainly seek to reduce your own distractions and complications as much as possible. Stay sober every time you drive. Leave your phone in your pocket. Drive by yourself, not with friends. Remember that safety in the car is a constant choice that you need to make every day.
But, even if you do all of this, you could definitely be injured by another driver. Be sure you know how to seek financial compensation if you are. It can help to cover medical bills and other costs.