You may feel that it's never safe to drive on a California highway, but you do so anyway, out of necessity. No one can blame you for feeling that way as it's definitely true that there is an increased danger in traveling by motor vehicle nowadays compared to driving or riding as a passenger several decades ago. Posted speed limits are higher in many areas, which some believe has added to the risk for collision.
No matter how safe a driver you are, you can't control what another person does behind the wheel. If a distracted, impaired or reckless driver is sharing the road you're on, you may wind up suffering an injury if he or she gets too close. If that happens, you face medical bills, time off work and other stressful issues, many of which can cost you a lot of money. That's why it's good to know where to seek legal support if an accident occurs that you did not cause.
When is your risk for collision greatest?
Researchers have determined that there are certain times of day and various situations that consistently seem to increase the risk for motor vehicle accidents to occur. The following list shows when California and other roadways across the country may be most dangerous:
- Current data suggests that Fridays are particularly dangerous because there are many distracted drivers on the road. Many people consider this day the start of the weekend, which could account for some types of distraction, such as thinking ahead to spending time with family or friends.
- Thursday afternoons appear to be the time during the week when there are the most traffic violations. A driver committing a traffic violation places himself or herself and all others nearby at risk for injury.
- Collision risks substantially increase on Tuesdays during the National Football League's game seasons.
There's no definite way to tell whether one day of the week is more dangerous than another one is. Crash analysis reports do suggest, however, that the times and conditions mentioned here often increase the risk that collisions might occur.
Driver behavior that is cause for concern
If you notice a nearby driver exhibiting any of the behaviors included in the following list, it is a sign that you may be at risk for injury if a crash occurs, and it's best to try create distance between yourself and the other vehicle:
- A driver who blankly stares out of the windshield without focusing on the road or task at hand might be daydreaming and is therefore a high-risk driver.
- Anyone making aggressive maneuvers on the road, such as speeding or cutting in and out of traffic, making unsafe lane changes is acting recklessly and placing everyone nearby at risk for injury.
- Drivers who are slow to respond to changes in traffic flow are placing themselves and others in harm's way.
- Driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as texting while driving and other forms of driver negligence.
If you suffer injury in a California motor vehicle collision, the most important issue is to seek immediate medical attention. Not all injuries present symptoms right away. It is best to obtain professional medical care, as this also creates a trail of written documentation pertaining to the accident, which can come in handy if you later file a personal injury claim in court.