All drivers on the road have a duty to follow traffic laws and drive as safely as possible. They must be aware of the other vehicles around them as well as any pedestrians they might encounter.

All too often, driver errors and neglect lead to crashes that can result in major injury or death. Injuries can be costly and recovery can be challenging.

Impatience leads to driver errors

Impatience is responsible for many collisions and the injuries inflicted. Drivers in a rush often speed or follow too closely resulting in loss of control or other errors. Failing to stop at a stop sign or stop light properly can result in a crash when your vehicle occupies space where other vehicles have the right of way. Drivers who fail to wear seatbelts directly risk their own safety.

Distracted driving leads to negligence

Failing to pay attention to the task of driving leads to many collisions. When behind the wheel, all attention should be on the task of driving. When attention wanders, drivers become negligent. Distracted driving such as talking on a cell phone or texting is especially dangerous. Focus splits between two tasks that require thought and focus. Consuming food or beverages while driving is similarly risky behavior.

Choosing to drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs is another form of driver negligence. Impaired drivers are not able to focus or react quickly, often leading to errors and catastrophic consequences.

All drivers learn the same basic traffic laws when they earn their licenses. If drivers would practice patience and remember the rules of the road, the roads could be a much safer place.