The morning commute can sometimes feel like a battleground. Congestion, impatience, aggressive drivers who are late for work, distracted drivers, and other factors make the morning commute ripe for car accidents, which in turn can slow down traffic to a complete stop or the occasional crawl.
To avoid getting into an accident on the way to work in the morning, it’s important to be aware of the most common causes of accidents during the morning drive.
Distracted Driving: Hot, spilled coffee and car accidents go hand-in-hand. That’s because distracted driving is one of the most common factors in causing car accidents during the morning commute. In fact, not paying attention to the road is a leading cause of accidents any time of day. Reaching for something, fumbling to find your ringing phone, or adjusting the heat on the console are all example of ways distracted driving can take your eyes off the road. And before you know it, you’ve drifted into another lane or rear-ended someone.
Bad Weather: For commuters who have to get to work no matter what mother nature throws their way – like doctors and nurses – bad weather can make the morning drive into work a nightmare full of fender benders and pile ups. To avoid collisions, drive at or below the speed limit so you have plenty of time to stop.
Driving Too Fast: Commuters who are in a hurry are one of the most dangerous kind of drivers when it comes to the morning commute. Their excess speed in congested areas can quickly result in a rear-end collision. People who drive to fast in traffic simply do not have enough time to stop when the vehicle in front of them stops.
Drinking and Driving: While you would imagine that drinking and driving occurs late on a Friday night, chances are there is one drunk person on the road during the morning commute. If you think someone is drinking and driving, report their license number to the police and keep your vehicle at a safe distance.
Were you the victim of a car accident during the morning commute? If so, Hastings & Hastings will fight to get you just compensation. Call us today at 800-975-0080 and make an appointment for a free consolation. We will take a look at your case and get all of your questions answered.