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Risky Driving Behaviors that Lead to Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents, a primary practice area at our law firm, are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities globally. Risky driving behaviors such as speeding, reckless driving, distracted driving, and driving under the influence significantly contribute to these alarming statistics. Understanding these behaviors and their implications is critical to enhancing road safety. Our attorneys at Brassfield & Kreuger, Ltd., are prepared to represent you if you are injured. Call today to discuss your case and explore your options.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving, particularly texting while driving, is a leading risk factor in motor vehicle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that distracted driving claimed 3,522 lives in 2021 alone. This statistic underscores the severe consequences of diverting one’s attention from the road. When drivers text, their focus shifts from the task of driving to their mobile device, placing themselves, passengers, and bystanders at increased risk of harm.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs severely impairs a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. Alcohol-impaired driving crashes are a leading cause of traffic-related deaths in the United States. The high rate of drunk driving crashes highlights the tragic consequences associated with impaired driving and the critical importance of abstaining from alcohol or drug use before getting behind the wheel.

Speeding

Speeding is another prevalent risky behavior that contributes to auto accidents. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a potentially dangerous situation. By exceeding posted speed limits, drivers not only break the law but also significantly increase the risk of causing or being involved in an accident.

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving, which can encompass behaviors such as tailgating, changing lanes without signaling, and running red lights, demonstrates a blatant disregard for road rules and the safety of others. Such actions often result in severe accidents, causing property damage, injury, or even loss of life.

Steps to Take if Injured in a Car Accident

If you’re injured in a car accident, it’s crucial to take the following steps:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Regardless of the perceived severity of your injuries, seek immediate medical attention. Some injuries may not manifest symptoms immediately.
  • Document the Accident: Take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, and any conditions that contributed to the accident. Gather witness statements and contact information.
  • Report the Accident: Notify the police and your insurance company about the accident.
  • Consult with an Attorney: An experienced attorney can help navigate the legal landscape, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and pursue the compensation you deserve.

Talk to Our Lawyers

Understanding the causes of motor vehicle accidents and the risky behaviors that increase their likelihood is the first step toward safer roads. As we continue to promote awareness and advocate for victims, we hope to see a decrease in these preventable incidents.

At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., we handle cases related to auto accidents, speeding, reckless driving, and driving under the influence. We provide comprehensive legal services, including helping victims of uninsured and underinsured motorists recover damages. Our goal is to help victims navigate the aftermath of an accident, providing support, guidance, and experienced legal representation. If you were injured in a car accident, contact us today to discuss your case.

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