As part of being a better driver, you can prevent the likelihood of causing a car accident by informing yourself of the reasons they occur. Here are four common reasons:
1. Distracted driving. Distracted driving is a widespread problem. It only takes a few moments of glancing at your phone or typing out a message to dangerously distract you from the road.
2. Drunk driving. An average of 78 people are killed every year in accidents involving impaired driving in British Columbia, according to ICBC.
3. Risky driving behavior. Failing to drive carefully and responsibly can easily lead to a crash. Some of the most common high-risk behaviors are failing to yield the right-of-way, following too closely, ignoring traffic signals and passing in an unsafe manner.
4. Speeding. Driving too fast means it will take longer to stop, you'll have less time to react, and your car can more easily hydroplane in rain and lose traction in snow. Prioritize giving yourself enough time to get to your destination so you don't feel tempted to speed. Doing so can help you avoid causing an accident.
It's true you can't do much to control the behavior of other drivers. But you can prevent accidents by adopting safe driving habits.
If you were involved in an accident in or around Vancouver and are searching for an experienced lawyer to help you pursue maximum compensation from ICBC or any other insurance company that is involved, please call Stephens & Holman for a free claim evaluation at (866) 200-3575.