You know that it is dangerous to drive drunk, to drive distracted, or to drive drowsy—and so do most American drivers, according to research recently released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Yet, many people continue to take risks even though they are aware of the potential consequences.
Risks We Know about and Take Anyway
According to the findings of the AAA Foundation:
- Almost all drivers know that drinking and driving is dangerous. Yet, 14% admit to driving while intoxicated within the last year.
- Almost all drivers know that texting or sending email while driving is dangerous, yet more than 25% admit to doing so within the last month.
- The majority of drivers know the dangers of speeding, yet about half of drivers admit to doing so within the last month.
- The majority of drivers know that running a red light is dangerous, yet roughly 38% of drivers admit to doing so within the last month.
- The majority of drivers know that it is dangerous to drive while tired, yet about one-third admit to doing so in the last month—and nearly half admit to falling asleep while driving at least once in their lifetime.
This study and others like it tell us that drivers understand the risks they face but may not accept that those risks apply to them. Accordingly, it is important to assume that other drivers may be negligent, so driving defensively is key to avoiding as many accidents as possible.
What to Do if You’ve Been Hurt by a Negligent Driver in Culpeper
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to prevent all accidents. If you have been hurt by a negligent driver in Virginia, please contact an experienced Culpeper personal injury lawyer today at (800) 741-1012 or 540-825-6046 for a free consultation.