During an 8 to 5 work week the most dangerous part of the day is the morning and evening commute. Everyone on the road has somewhere to reach “on time.” This chaotic atmosphere is filled with traffic congestion, reckless drivers, large trucks, construction, and poor road conditions. Unfortunately, this can lead to deadly traffic accidents.
There are several things our auto accident attorneys want you to remember to help decrease commuter traffic accidents.
- Zoning Out
When driving the same route on our commute each day, the familiarity can cause motorists to take their surroundings for granted. “Zoning out” is also common on empty stretches of highway, where motorists on “auto pilot” pose significant threats to themselves and others. Vary your route to work, don’t let your mind wander too far, and stay focused on road safety at all times.
- Driving Distracted
“Operating your vehicle should always be the top priority when you’re behind the wheel. However, driving while distracted is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents and fatalities,” Mitch Rice says, auto accident attorney. “Commuters need to avoid eating breakfast, putting on makeup, reading, texting, phone calls, and other distractions when driving during rush hour.”
- Work-Related Stress
Unfortunately, workday drama and stress can follow us home. This negativity can cause us to lose focus behind the wheel. In order to avoid dangerous distractions, it’s best to forget about work-related stress during your commute. Give yourself a break, turn on some music, and concentrate on having a safe drive home.
- Running Late
“Commuters mistakenly under-estimate rush hour traffic, which then causes them to run late,” Mike Wyatt explains, auto accident attorney. “This results in commuters driving aggressively and taking dangerous risks. Speeding, tailgating, and recklessly weaving through traffic lanes can result in tragedy. Give yourself enough time by leaving early to anticipate heavy traffic.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a traffic accident, please call Mann, Wyatt & Tanksley Injury Attorneys. During your free consultation, our auto accident attorneys will help weigh your best options!