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5 kinds of drivers that cause accidents

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2023 | Car Accidents

There are many different kinds of divers out there on the roads. Many of these people drive for work, commute to school or are taking their children to school.

While driving is extremely convenient, it’s also very dangerous. Some of the drivers around you may have a higher chance of causing an accident than average — simply because of their habits or circumstances. Here’s what you should know about which drivers are most dangerous:

1. Drunk drivers

Alcohol can severely impair people’s focus, vision, ability to judge distances and reaction time. Drunk drivers can be a danger to themselves and others because it increases the risk of accidents. Many of these accidents are fatal.

2. Drowsy driver

Many drivers don’t think that they could cause any kind of danger just because they’re tired. However, studies have shown that driving drowsy can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Drowsy driving may be even worse than drunk driving because drivers may fall asleep behind the wheel, causing them to lose total control over their vehicle.

3. Distracted drivers

People are frequently distracted while driving. They may look at their phones, eat, change the radio or talk to passengers – all of which can take a driver’s focus off the road. Even just a few seconds of looking away from the road increases the likelihood of a distracted driving accident in a dramatic fashion.

4. Teen drivers

Teen drivers can cause accidents in two ways. First, as stated above, teens may be more likely to be distracted while driving. Second, teens may not be experienced enough to handle unexpected hazards or situations on the road, and a single mistake could cause an accident.

5. Elderly drivers

Just because elderly people may have been driving longer than most, it doesn’t mean they’re safe drivers. Elderly people may create risks on the road because of their health. For example, as people age, their night vision (and day vision) typically gets worse, which is needed to see ahead of them on the road. They may also have slower reflexes that make it harder to avoid a wreck.

Are you a victim of a car accident? You may need to learn about your options to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.