Deaths and injuries in car accidents are a major risk to the health and safety of Michigan residents. There are many things that can lead to car accidents, and one of the most common is poor or risky driving behavior. Drivers who are distracted, impaired by substances or not following safety rules expose themselves and everyone else to the risk of a crash, and the consequences can be tragic.
What are examples of risky driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that traffic fatalities are higher in 2021 than they were in 2020 and that a significant amount of that increase has come with riskier driving. Driving over the speed limit and driving under the influence can make an accident more likely, and things like driving without a seat belt can make accidents more damaging when they do occur.
Recklessness leads to accidents
Risky driving is a concern not just to the driver but to everyone around them because it can cause accidents with anyone else on the road. This includes pedestrians and other bystanders. Many regions are seeing an increase in cases of personal injury related to reckless driving and the resulting car accidents. This is the logical consequence of driving behavior that is getting out of control.
The fallout from a car crash can be significant, especially financially, because one accident could have major implications for many people as multiple drivers and passengers have to seek medical treatment for their injuries. It’s important to understand the risks of poor driving behavior and its implications for anyone who might cross the path of a negligent or reckless driver.