Did you know that traffic accidents, including those involving pedestrians and motorcyclists, kill millions of people a year? The World Health Organization notes that such crashes cause the death of children and young adults more than any other illness or accident, with young men losing their lives most often in these incidents.
While it is likely your intention to avoid causing a serious crash that takes the life of another, there are a few bad habits you may practice behind the wheel that could lead to the wrongful death of another, and learning to recognize and change them may help you prevent such a tragedy.
Exceeding the speed limit on rural and urban roadways can increase the risk of causing a fatal crash. When you speed, the time you have to brake safely decreases, and the rate of speed can also increase the risk of fatal injuries as well. Obeying posted speed limits and giving yourself plenty of time to arrive for work or an appointment can lower the risk of a fatal wreck.
2. Distracted by technology
It is likely you understand the dangers of texting and driving, but other types of distraction caused by technology can cause a fatal crash, even if you only take your eyes off the road for a moment. Looking at a GPS map, tuning a radio or setting up a streaming service to listen to music can all distract you from your surroundings. Set up such systems before you drive or ask a passenger to navigate for you.
3. Driving an unsafe vehicle
If you drive a car with old tires, weak brakes or broken turn signals, you may accidentally cause the death of another if the vehicle’s issues result in a serious accident. Maintaining your vehicle can help keep you and those around you safe.
Increased safety devices and annual brush-up driving courses can also lower the risk of causing a fatal accident, especially if you are a new or senior driver.