Could Your Driving Habits Be Putting You at Risk for a Serious Florida Car Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on June 21, 2011

Sarasota accident lawyerGMAC Insurance and Boston.com have compiled a list of driving mistakes that are likely to cause motor vehicle accidents. We have highlighted several of the most common below.

Backing up without looking

Your rear and side view mirrors are there for a reason. Use them. Even when a car is equipped with a wide-angle backup camera, it's a safe idea to always look over your shoulder before moving.

Following too closely

Ever see a train of cars on the highway, as if they were in lockstep? This formation only works in professional racing, and even then it causes bad crashes if one driver steps out of line or suddenly has to brake. Your reaction time simply isn't fast enough to compensate.

At high speeds, keep at least three car lengths behind the driver in front. At lower speeds and city driving, it may only be necessary to be one to two car lengths behind.

Failure to yield on left turns

Intersections without a left arrow or a delayed opposite signal always pose a crash risk. Make sure you see that there's a sizable gap in the opposite lane before hitting the gas (and check to make sure no one else is turning onto the desired street).

Bad merging

A "yield" sign should not be confused with a "stop" sign. This doesn't mean tearing through a merge -- hence the whole idea of yielding to other drivers in the road -- but you should stay moving whenever possible.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

 

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