A survey of 2000 drivers found that 46 percent of motorists said they had driven once or twice in the past year at a time when they were concerned it was not safe for them to operate their vehicle. This troubling statistic comes from a recent survey conducted by CarInsurance.com. The same survey found that 11 percent of respondents said they had driven despite safety concerns somewhere between three and 10 times over the course of the year. Three percent said that there were 10 or more times they had gotten behind the wheel when they felt they shouldn’t.
When a driver operates his vehicle at a time that it is not safe for him to do so, he endangers himself and he endangers others. An experienced personal injury lawyer should be consulted by victims of any accidents that result from driver negligence.
Drivers are Making Unsafe Choices
There were many different behaviors reported by drivers who said they had gotten behind the wheel despite safety concerns. Of the drivers who admitted to driving when they felt they should not do so:
- 68 percent were concerned they were too sleepy yet drove anyway.
- 53 percent said they had a headache but still drove.
- 35 percent said they got up to drive despite the fact that they were so sick they felt they should have stayed in bed.
- 23 percent said that they thought they were too intoxicated but they drove because they were not as drunk as a friend.
- 16 percent drove despite not having glasses or contacts that they needed to see.
- 15 percent said they drove even though they were on narcotic pain medication.
- Eight percent said they drove when they had their arm in a cast.
Drivers also reported that they operated their vehicles even when they were concerned that the car had mechanical problems. A motorist who chooses to drive an unsound and unsafe car can also be held responsible for the consequences. The motorists who drove despite concerns about the car’s features included:
- 61 percent who had a check engine light on.
- 32 percent who couldn’t see because of too much snow or ice on the windshield.
- 36 percent who had windshield wipers that didn’t work.
- 21 percent who had broken speedometers.
- 19 percent who had horns that didn’t function.
- 18 percent who had headlights that did not work.
- 17 percent who had a flat tire.
- 10 percent who had a door that actually had to be held closed so it did not open.
- Seven percent who had a child in the car but who had no child safety seat as required.
- Six percent who had a vehicle that was filled with exhaust fumes
- Five percent who had either no driver’s seat or a broken driver’s seat
These are serious risks, but drivers choose to operate vehicles with these major problems. Drivers indicated that they drove when they felt they shouldn’t as a result of a need to get to work; to return home; to visit a doctor or to pick up their children. Unfortunately, there is never a reason to get behind the wheel and put your life at risk.
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