Pedestrians often suffer some of the worst injuries in car accidents. Without the protection of seat-belts, airbags, or cars in general, they are completely exposed. Many times, pedestrian-car accidents are caused by the most preventable and common driving mistakes.You can help protect yourself and others by avoiding these mistakes.

Common Driving Mistakes

These are some of the most frequent and dangerous mistakes made by drivers:

Driving while intoxicated

  • Driving while intoxicated is not only illegal — it is extremely dangerous.
  • Your judgement and reaction time are just two of the important functions negatively affected by alcohol and drugs.
  • Have a designated driver when you go out, or call someone to pick you up. Drunk driving should not be a common driving mistake, but unfortunately it is.

Texting and driving

  • Idaho has an official texting and driving law that outlines punishments for distracted driving. This is unsurprising, since hundreds of lives in Idaho have been taken by texting drivers.
  • Finish texts you need to send before you start driving.
  • If you’re in an active conversation, tell the other person that you’re driving and you’ll get back to them.
  • Place your phone face-down or out of reach to remove temptation.

 Speeding

  • Among the most common driving mistakes, speeding is always dangerous, whether you’re intoxicated or distracted or not.
  • Speeding decreases your reaction time. It also requires a greater distance for braking and stopping.
  • Driving the speed limit will save lives and prevent tickets. It’s a win-win situation.

Turning quickly into crosswalks

  • Did you check for pedestrians the last time you turned through a crosswalk? Or the last time you turned left at a green light?
  • Some of the most common driving mistakes are dangerous because we rarely think about them.
  • A driver who hits a pedestrian in a crosswalk will often be considered at fault.
  • Before turning through a crosswalk, slow down and check carefully for pedestrians.

General distracted driving

  • Any type of distraction that causes you to take your eyes off the road is dangerous.
  • Adjusting the radio, checking directions, and putting makeup are just some of the ways to be distracted while driving.
  • You never know when pedestrians will cross your path while driving, so be overly cautious.

If you are hit by a careless driver, you may have a case for compensation. Pedestrians have rights in the roadway, and we want to help protect them against dangerously common driving mistakes. Contact us today to discuss your case for free.

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