Dangerous Driving Habits That Can Cause Car Accidents
Car accidents happen every day on our public roads and highways, often with devastating results that injure or kill victims. While car accidents may be common on our roadways, it does not mean that they should be expected or tolerated, especially when they could have been prevented if not for the negligent, careless, and dangerous acts of other drivers.
At Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC, our Tulsa car accident lawyers have represented numerous men, women, and children who were harmed in preventable car accidents. By showing that these wrecks were caused by the negligence of another driver and that they were entirely preventable, our team has been able to recover millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients.
Anyone who gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle has a legal duty to take reasonable precautions that limit risks of causing accidents and injuries. When they fail to uphold their obligation of driving safely, often as a result of dangerous driving habits, they can be held fully accountable for causing a wreck, and liable for the damages victims suffer as a result, including their medical bills, lost work income, and pain and suffering, among other damages.
Some dangerous driving habits that commonly cause car accidents include:
- Distracted Driving – Driver distraction has become one of the most concerning driving habits on public roads. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that over 3,100 people were killed and more than 430,000 were injured in wrecks involving distracted drivers in 2014 alone. Common forms of distraction include texting and using a cell phone, talking to passengers, drinking or consuming food, and personal grooming, among others. All forms of distracted driving are dangerous and negligent, and some, including texting, are illegal in the state of Oklahoma
- Inattention – Driver inattention commonly causes car wrecks, whether a driver was distracted or not. When drivers fail to make the task of driving a priority, they can easily fail to check their surrounding before making a turn, switching lanes, or entering intersections, which can increase the likelihood of a wreck.
- Drunk Driving – For as long as there have been cars, there have been drunk drivers. Today, drunk driving and even drugged driving account for numerous preventable injuries and deaths on our roads. While these acts are illegal and grounds for criminal penalties, victims must pursue compensation through the civil justice system, which can hold impaired drivers accountable for causing harm to victims as a result of their careless actions. Drunk and drugged drivers, like everyone, know, or should know, that impaired driving increases crash risks.
- Disobeying Traffic Laws – Traffic laws are in place for a reason; they help reduce the likelihood that drivers engage in habits that increase the risks of accidents. When a driver runs a red light, fails to use turn signals, violates someone’s right of way, or commits any other traffic violation, they can be held liable for any injuries they cause in a wreck. In some cases, drivers who are grossly negligent may also face criminal consequences for injuring or killing others in car accidents, even if they were not impaired.
- Aggressive Driving – Aggressive driving can take many forms, all of which are a clear breach of a driver’s duty to operate their vehicle safely. These can include behaviors such as following too close, speeding, unsafe lane changes, and committing multiple acts of traffic violations. Road rage can also lead to preventable wrecks. Aggressive drivers can be held accountable for causing wrecks and injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car wreck that could have been prevented, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim and recover financial compensation for your damages. Achieving this is not an easy feat, especially when insurers do all they can to minimize payouts to victims. As such, you can work with a proven Tulsa car accident attorney from our firm to gain the support, resources, and dedication you need to fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. Because we work on contingency fees, there are no fees unless we win your case.
Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, PLLC has a proven record of success fighting on behalf of victims injured in all types of auto accidents. Learn how we may be able to help you during a free consultation when you contact us.