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5 types of high accident-risk drivers

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2023 | Motor vehicle accidents |

Thousands of driving accidents occur every day – many of which lead to fatal or long-term injuries.  

There are some types of drivers that may cause more accidents than others. Here’s what you may need to watch out for: 

Distracted drivers

Anyone can be distracted while driving. Talking to passengers, adjusting the radio, eating or fixing the rear-view mirror can all lead to distractions. One of the most common causes of distracted driving is phones. Even a few seconds of distracted driving can increase the chances of an auto accident. 

Drunk drivers

Alcohol impairs senses that are needed for safe driving. A drunk driver may have a lower sense of judgment, which can make it hard to gauge the distance between cars. Drunkenness may also make it harder for drivers to focus on their actions. 

Sleepy drivers 

Drowsiness can be just as bad as drunkenness. A sleepy driver may have difficulties focusing and making safe vehicle maneuvers. Furthermore, a drowsy driver is also likely to fall asleep behind the wheel. Most drowsy driving accidents happen at night after long work hours or early in the day after people just wake up.

Drivers with health conditions 

Many drivers with health impairments are perfectly safe to operate vehicles. However, some drivers may have physical or cognitive conditions that may increase the likelihood of auto accidents. For example, a driver with impaired vision may struggle to see the color of lights or notice vehicles in their side mirrors. Or, a driver with severe memory issues may forget that they’re operating a vehicle. 

Aggressive drivers

Some drivers act in deliberate ways that jeopardize others’ safety. For example, speeding not only makes it harder for the driver to control their vehicle but can also be a surprise to drivers who don’t notice a road user swerving in and out of lanes. Or, a driver may feel offended by another individual and tailgate or brake check, which may put both drivers in danger if there’s a collision.

An auto accident can cause severe injuries. You may need to understand your legal rights if you or someone you know was injured in an auto accident.