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Ten Common Driving Mistakes

Our Michigan car accident lawyers represent clients in car accident cases involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and pedestrians throughout Michigan. We are dedicated to protecting your interests and handling your case with personal attention, professionalism, and compassion. We have successfully represented injury and accident victims for over forty years. Car accidents in Michigan are significant and as a resource we have provided drivers with common driving mistakes that you probably make in hopes that you will become more aware of them.

Are You at Fault For Your Michigan Car Accident?

When it comes to car accidents, a lot of times the blame will be past around. Many people will claim it is not their fault when it actually was. As a resource to our clients, we have provided a list of ten driving mistakes you probably make. These mistakes are so common they are most likely overlooked and many drivers make them everyday. These mistakes include:

  1. You're not paying as much attention to the road as you think you are - distracted driving is a huge cause of accidents and even just talking to the passenger in your car can deter your full attention from the road.
  2. You're focusing on the wrong part of the road - if you are driving in an unfamiliar area or are lost, a lot of times you will see yourself looking down at a map or navigation system or zeroing in on road signs or exit numbers in the far distance. By doing that, you are not being 100 percent focused on the roadway immediately in front of you and you may even swerve in and out of a lane due to the failure to focus.
  3. You're waiting too long to get your tire pressure checked - most people don't get their tire pressure checked until the low tire pressure indicator light on you dashboard goes on. If that is the case, you have already waited too long.  Driving a car with low tire pressure makes it harder for a driver to maneuver their car in emergency situations.
  4. You're not bothering to improve your parallel parking skills - if you parallel parked and hit a curb while doing so, which is very common, is bad because hitting the curb not only deteriorates your tires it also damages the alignment.
  5. You're spending too much money on gas - if your car does not need premium fuel, don't spend the extra money to fill your tank on premium gas. Most vehicles can run just fine on regular gas and if you are not sure what type of fuel your car needs, check your owner's manual.
  6. You aren't heeding wet roadways quickly enough - drivers do not realize that roadways are most dangerous during the first 10 minutes of rainfall. So if you are driving on the road and it starts to rain, slow down immediately to adjust to the weather condition.
  7. You're applying too much pressure to the gas and break pedals - You will get the best fuel economy if you accelerate and brake smoothly.
  8. You change your mind about turning too often - there are many of times when a driver will turn their blinker on to let it known to other drivers that they will making a turn but then decide they don't want to/not making the right turn so they continue driving down the road, failing to make that turn. The biggest mistake the driver made was not making turn anyway. The driver behind you may move to pass you assuming you're making that turn and when you don't an accident could take place.
  9. Your car isn't properly adjusted to your body - a driver should leave about 8 to 10 inches between themselves and the steering wheel to allow room for the airbag to inflate properly. Sitting very close to the steering wheel is common but not safe. Additionally, seat belts should cross over the middle of your shoulders and chest, and the top of the headrest should be level with the top of your head to prevent whiplash-type injuries.
  10.  You aren't prepared for vehicle maintenance - most consumers do not put money aside each month in case of an emergency problem that will arise with their car. Putting some money aside each month is a great idea so in case that alternator dies, for example, you will have the money to cover the cost.

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Finding Your Michigan Car Accident Lawyer

Victims of auto accidents do have legal rights and should pursue them immediately after the accident. When choosing your Michigan lawyer, it is key to choose the right lawyer so that you may receive a fair settlement. Your car accident lawyer can also help you receive all of your Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits, including medical expenses, lost wages, attendant care services, and other benefits.

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We represent clients injured in Michigan car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, moped accidents, pedestrian accidents, bus accidents, ATV accidents, ORV accidents, and hit and run accidents.