Emergency action by the driver to avoid a collision that results in passenger injury should be checked to determine if proper driving prior to the emergency would have eliminated the need for the abrupt maneuver.
Passenger accidents resulting from passengers hanging out of a widow or out of improperly locked doors are preventable by the driver.
Many accidents, such as overturning, or running off the road, may result from emergency action by the driver to avoid being involved in a collision. Examination of his/her driving procedure prior to the incident may indicate that the driver’s speed or other factors were inappropriate for t he conditions. The driver’s actions prior to involvement should be examined for possible errors or deviation from defensive driving practices.
Failure to Adjust to Conditions
Adverse weather conditions are not a valid excuse for causing an accident. Failure to adjust driving to the prevailing weather conditions could be deemed the cause of a preventable accident. In addition, failure to use safety devices such as changes and sanders could deem an accident as preventable.
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