While some car accidents truly are accidents, many more are the result of the negligent, reckless, and generally dangerous behavior of other drivers. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car or truck accident, turn to our firm for help. With more than three decades of experience, our team stands ready to help you get the fair compensation you deserve.
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1. Texting While Driving
Texting while driving is quickly becoming the poster child for dangerous driving habits, and with good reason. Texting not only takes your eyes off the road, but also takes your hand off the wheel and distracts you mentally. According to the federal government's official Distraction.gov website, an average text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, which is how long it takes to travel the length of a football field while driving at 55mph.
2. Drinking and Driving
Although it is no secret that drinking and driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior, many people still choose to act irresponsibly. Drinking slows a person's reaction time, and can make it difficult for them to properly react to dangerous road conditions up ahead. The government considers this so dangerous that, if you are injured by a drunk driver, you may be able to recover punitive damages designed to punish them.
3. Driving While Fatigued
On long road trips, and late at night, it's common for drivers to get a bit fatigued behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drowsiness can drastically reduce reaction time, or worse, cause drivers to fall asleep. When a driver chooses to drive tired and injures you as a result, you may have strong grounds for a personal injury claim.
For every mile per hour added to a driver's speed, the time they have to react to dangers ahead decreases. Additionally, faster cars can cause more serious damage and injuries when they do crash. Essentially, speeding makes it harder for a driver to avoid a crash, and makes these crashes far more serious.
Although driving above the speed limit is what most of us think of when we hear "speeding," it's also important to not drive faster than current road conditions allow. Snow, ice, and even a heavy fog can all make it very dangerous to drive fast.
5. Failure to Yield
One common cause of truck accidents is when drivers of passenger cars fail to get out of the "merge lane" on freeway onramps. It's important to yield to other drivers when they have the right of way, as unpredictable, unexpected, or sudden actions can cause major accidents.
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