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Does being a safe driver actually translate to real safety?

It’s important to focus on being a safe driver, and it does make you safer than you would be otherwise. There are many simple things you can do, such as paying attention to your following distances, obeying the speed limit, driving with your lights on and becoming a defensive driver.

But, no matter how much you focus on these issues, you can’t always be 100% safe on the road. It’s just not possible. That roadway is a shared space with many other individuals who may not be nearly as safety-conscious as you are. There’s always the chance that you could be injured.

Driving around inexperienced drivers

For instance, inexperience has long been linked to car accidents. It’s one of the main reasons for the high fatal crash rates posted year after year by teenage drivers. It’s not that they are inherently worse drivers, at least not in every case, but that they are inherently inexperienced. Inexperience leads to mistakes and mistakes lead to crashes.

Now, you can take steps to try to limit your exposure to this risk. Defensive driving is a great way because you can react to the mistakes that these inexperienced drivers make. But, once again, you always have to be wary that someone else could cause the crash that leads to severe injuries. 

So what can you do next?

If focusing on safety isn’t enough and you do get injured in the crash, then what becomes important is knowing how to seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. Someone else caused that accident, and you deserve to be compensated for your financial losses at that time.