Throughout Montgomery, Prattville, and surrounding areas, there are drivers on the road every day who engage in dangerous behaviors like driving while distracted or going too fast.
A personal injury lawyer knows that most of the motorists breaking the rules know the things they are doing are dangerous - yet they continue to increase car accident risks for themselves and others anyway.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently published its seventh study on driver attitudes and behaviors. The study showed a disconnect between driver's knowledge of what they need to do to stay safe and one's actual behavior behind the wheel.
Drivers Knowingly Engage in Unacceptable Behavior
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety identified a major discrepancy between drivers attitudes about safety and their practices. For example:
- 7 percent of survey respondents expressed the belief that running a red light was completely unacceptable. 54.7 percent said running a red light presented a very serious threat. However, 35.6 percent of drivers had gone through a red in the 30 days before they participated in the survey.
- 6 percent of drivers said that it was completely unacceptable to exceed the speed limit in a residential area by 10 miles an hour or more, and 45.2 percent said that they thought it would be a serious threat to safety if a driver did this. However, 43.5 percent of drivers personally exceeded the speed limit by at least that much in the prior 30 days.
- 6 percent of drivers described texting or emailing as a very serious threat and 84.4 percent of drivers described texting and emailing as unacceptable. Yet 36.1 percent had read texts and emails and 29.4 percent had typed them out personally.
- 45 percent of drivers described overtired motorists as a serious threat to safety and 81.3 percent said it was completely unacceptable for someone to be behind the wheel when fatigued. However, 29.4 percent of motorists had been behind the wheel when they personally were tired over the prior 30 days.
Drivers know the consequences of these behaviors, as a significant number of motorists have seen the aftermath of collisions firsthand. One in three people surveyed said they knew a friend or a relative who had sustained a serious injury in a motor vehicle accident. One in five said they had been in a serious accident, and one in 10 said that they had personally been badly hurt by a motor vehicle collision.
Drivers also believe that there should be stricter laws in place and more efforts made to stop collisions. Five out of six motorists responding to the survey expressed support for a vision zero plan that would try to bring down the death rate in traffic deaths to zero. A full 89.3 percent of drivers also said that they supported a complete ban on texting while behind the wheel.
However, drivers shouldn't wait for laws to pass to make them safer. They should follow laws that already exist, and they should make sure that they always avoid behaviors that they know to be dangerous.
Accident lawyers in Montgomery, Alabama can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com. Serving Montgomery, Prattville, and surrounding areas.