Some people make the assumption that they can avoid car accidents simply by being good drivers. They believe that they’re in control of the vehicle at all times and that excellent driving skills will be enough to keep them safe.
In fact, this is often why people are less afraid of driving than flying. Statistically speaking, flying is much safer than driving in a car. But you don’t have any control over the aircraft as you do over the car. This element of control gives people the illusion of safety.
It only takes one mistake
But it is still an illusion. The truth is that car accidents happen every day to very good drivers. It only takes one small mistake for an accident to occur, and only one driver has to make that mistake. You could do everything perfectly and still get hit by someone else who is:
- Distracted by their phone
- Under the influence
- Distracted by a child or a passenger
- Trying to eat while they drive
- Looking down at the radio or the GPS
- Speeding and losing control of the vehicle
- Running a stop sign or a red light
There is also a significant risk from young drivers who are simply inexperienced and still learning how to drive properly. They can make mistakes no matter how experienced you may be.
It is wise to focus on safe driving, and you especially want to think about defensive driving. But it’s also important to understand that some of the risk is entirely out of your hands. If you do get injured in an accident caused by another driver, make sure you know how to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.