Drivers in Colorado Springs have all probably done one or more of these at some point in their lives, but the five bad driving habits below can not only lead to a ticket in some instances but more dangerously, they can lead to an auto accident. Car accidents in Colorado Springs happen every day, but so many are preventable. If you find yourself involved in a car accident in Colorado Springs, contact McDivitt Law Firm as soon as possible to get the proper compensation for your accident and any injuries that you may have had. Bad habits can be hard to break, but here are five bad driving habits Colorado Springs residents should all stop doing so that they can keep the road safe:
- Failing to use your turn signal. Unfortunately, many drivers in Colorado Springs fail to signal. Just a reminder, that blinker is the only way you have to tell other drivers what you are planning on doing. Please remember to always signal so other drivers know your intentions and can accommodate you on the road.
- Running yellow or red lights. I know, we are all busy, and sometimes those yellow lights are really inconvenient. However, a yellow light doesn’t mean speed up to get through the light; it’s there to signal to us to slow down and begin to stop, and a red light just means stop. If you fail to stop, you could cause a crash. Drivers in Colorado Springs and throughout Colorado are notorious for running yellow and red lights and aren’t always fazed by the presence of red light cameras, so do your part in slowing down and coming to a complete stop at the appropriate signal.
- Slowing down to look at crashes or construction. There is no shortage of road construction in Colorado Springs and along I-25 which means these distractions are in ample supply. While it is definitely important to slow down and use caution when you are driving through construction or by an accident site, many drivers feel the need to slow down to look at a crash or construction on the other side of the street. Please, avoid this. Not only are you disrupting the flow of traffic, you are also distracting yourself from the drivers around you, which can lead to a crash.
- Not following the speed limits in Colorado Springs. Speed limits aren’t just suggestions, they are the law, and important to abide by. However, if you are in areas where you don’t see a posted speed limit, here is a good guide to use:
- Residential area: 15–30 mph
- Undivided road (rural): 40–55 mph
- Divided road (rural): 55–70 mph
- Freeway: 55–65 mph
- Driving distracted. It’s time to put down that cell phone. It most certainly can wait, and other distractions can also wait such as eating or drinking, applying makeup, or even changing the radio station. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car crashes in Colorado Springs, so don’t make that mistake.
North Academy Boulevard, South Academy Boulevard, West Cimarron Street, and Interstate 21/North Powers Boulevard are frequent car accident areas and drivers in Colorado Springs can avoid collisions just by being proactive. Unfortunately, not everyone takes these measures seriously which puts you and your family at risk every time you get on the road. If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Colorado Springs, contact McDivitt Law Firm immediately to see what compensation you could be entitled to. Don’t let the negligence of other drivers ruin your hope for a fulfilling future.
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