Everybody wants to be a winner. We want to be the first to get the job done, first to pick up on a new trend, first to finish a run.

Unfortunately, this “me first” attitude can translate to negative driving behaviors. A driver attempting to “win” on the road can unwittingly cause an accident. More and more car accidents these days are the result of selfish drivers who don’t pay attention to the traffic around them or don’t care enough to let someone else go ahead.

Simply using a little bit of common courtesy can make all the difference. It can save you from becoming the victim of a serious car accident. Here are three easy ways to show courtesy to other drivers on the road:

1. Use Your Blinker

It takes very little effort and lets other drivers nearby know what you intend to do. When other drivers know what you’re going to do, it limits the unexpected and reduces the number of potential serious Maryland auto accidents.

2. Back Off!

As people rush from one destination to the next, it’s easy to become impatient with slower drivers. Tailgating has become a serious issue in Maryland and throughout the country. Leaving a little extra space between yourself and the car in front of you can give you those extra two seconds you might need to avoid an unexpected situation and a serious crash.

3. Go Ahead and Yield

Is it really going to make a difference if you cut in front of that last car to shave two seconds off your drive time? Not if in your attempt to cut off another driver you instead cause an accident. Play it safe and be OK with yielding to other drivers.

Paying attention to other drivers on the road rather than giving in to a “me first” attitude can help you avoid causing a car crash. When you’ve been the victim of another careless driver’s actions, however, you may need to enlist the aid of a Maryland car accident lawyer to recoup the damages you need for your medical bills.

To talk to one of our experienced attorneys regarding your options, call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700 to set up a free consultation.