car accident can be caused by egregious recklessness, or just the smallest moment of
negligence. Motorists must always be mindful of their actions and behaviors
to prevent accident and injury. If they are not, a little mistake could
cause a serious traffic collision.
Some mistakes the average driver makes regularly include:
Speeding: Posted speed limits are calculated using road conditions and traffic patterns
in the area. Going even a few miles faster than the limit endangers the
driver and any other vehicles around them, as they could lose control
of the vehicle, fail to brake around the next bend, and so on.
Lane control: When a vehicle swerves out of control, it is a dramatic loss of lane control,
but in most scenarios, drivers lose lane control in subtle ways that are
no less dangerous. Straying only a few inches out of a lane can cause
a vehicle to collide with another or environmental hazards.
Tailgating: The three-second rule must be used whenever following another vehicle,
or else sudden braking without collision may be impossible. If roadway
conditions are not ideal, it is often suggested to follow four seconds
Turning wheels before turning left: When waiting to turn left across opposing lanes, it is important to never
turn the wheel until the turn actually begins. If a car is struck from
behind and the wheel is already turned left, it will roll directly into
Racing through yellow lights: When a traffic signal turns yellow, drivers are meant to slow down and
stop, if possible. Most drivers will admit that they speed up to race
through the intersection, if possible, effectively doing exactly the opposite
of what should be done.
Blind lane changes: SMOG (signal, mirror, over-the-shoulder, and glide) is the right procedure
to take before making a lane change or merge. Each time one or more of
the steps are skipped, the likelihood of a car accident increases dramatically.
Using smartphone: Today’s cellphones can do just about anything, but they seem to excel
in one thing: distracting drivers. A smartphone should never be used while
driving; reading or writing a text, watching a video, using a navigation
app, etc. should only be done while a vehicle is parked in a safe location.
Were you injured in a car accident caused by another driver? Is there evidence
to suggest that they had done one of the aforementioned common mistakes?
If so, full liability could be placed on their shoulders and you could
retrieve maximized compensation.
Contact Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. to speak with a team of Toledo auto
accident and personal injury lawyers. We have 50+ years of total experience
and have won millions of dollars for our clients through successful
case results. Call
419.318.0772 to learn more about our services.