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Risky Driving Behaviors that Cause Accidents

Whether they’re going to school, to work, or just to run errands around town, most Tennesseans drive on a daily basis. And while the majority of drivers make it a point to stay focused on the road and practice safe driving habits, occasionally even cautious drivers make mistakes. Unfortunately, even minor mistakes can have serious consequences when traveling at high speeds in a vehicle.

Those serious consequences can range from serious vehicle damage to serious injuries that lead to permanent disability. At Matt Hardin Law, our La Vergne car accident lawyers know how even minor mistakes can forever change lives, as we’ve helped countless families recover compensation and their livelihoods after collisions.

What Are the Riskiest Driving Behaviors?

Some of the most common risky driving behaviors that can lead to accidents include:

  • Trying to beat red lights
    Red lights help provide order to traffic at intersections, but they can also cause small delays. Unfortunately, some drivers try to alleviate these delays by accelerating through red lights long after the light turns yellow or even red. Running red lights puts drivers and other motorists at serious risk of being involved in T-bone accidents.

  • Weaving in and out of traffic
    Getting stuck in slow traffic or a traffic jam can be frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry. However, it never pays to try and weave in and out of traffic in order to bypass slower vehicles. Driving just inches away from other vehicles even at low to moderate speeds puts drivers at high risk of being involved in car accidents. In addition, changing lanes in heavy traffic is dangerous due to the lack of visibility—especially when other drivers attempt to switch into the same lane.

  • Passing on a solid yellow lined road
    Roads with middle lines painted solid yellow indicate that passing slower vehicles is not allowed due to speed or visibility concerns in that area. Some drivers ignore this and pass slower vehicles anyway only to find themselves heading straight towards an oncoming vehicle after passing a blind turn or cresting a hill. Even if you’re on a road that allows passing as indicated by a broken yellow line, you should still only pass other vehicles when absolutely necessary.

  • Driving while intoxicated
    While most drivers abstain from driving when after consuming multiple alcoholic beverages, even buzzed driving still poses serious dangers for themselves, their passengers, and other motorists. A couple of drinks is all it takes to reduce judgment, decrease reaction times, blur vision, and increase the likelihood of partaking in other risky driving behaviors.

  • Distracted driving
    Safe driving requires uninterrupted concentration on the road and the movements of other vehicles. That makes driving while using a cellphone to call or text others incredibly dangerous, as it takes drivers’ eyes and attention off the road. Other distracting behaviors include changing songs on the stereo, eating or drinking, and even reaching into the glove box or back seat while the vehicle is in motion.

Taking risks behind the wheel is never worth it, and many of our clients suffered severe injuries due to drivers who took unnecessary risks. And in many cases, all it takes is a single lapse in judgment to cause an accident that can forever change many lives.

If you or someone you love was injured in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver, get in touch with the La Vergne car accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law. We know what it takes to build car accident claims that get results, and we’ll do everything in our power to get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us today by dialing (615) 200-1111 or filling out a free online form.

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