Car Accidents: Common Types of Driver Error

Two things that are always required of drivers when driving are complete attention on the road and observance of all traffic safety rules – the very same things a driver would want all those sharing the road with him/her to observe. These are necessary if one wants to keep away from a car accident, which can definitely result to his/her car being wrecked and the possibility of severe physical injuries.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some of the most common errors that drivers commit on the road are over speeding, right-of-way violation, improper overtaking, tailgating, use of hand held phones or texting and driving while intoxicated. Detailing the circumstances surrounding each error plus the worst possible effect of each, the following are facts:

  • Speeding: lessens the chance of the driver to have full and immediate control over his/her vehicle. This erroneous road behavior also increases the risk of death during a crash.
  • Right-of-Way Violation: this involves failure to recognize the right of others to use of the road. Included in this are running red lights, making too wide turns, turning into wrong lanes, gridlock or blocking an intersection, failing to yield, not recognizing bicyclists’ or motorcyclists’ right of way, and so forth.
  • Improper Passing: this usually results to head-on collisions, sideswipes or running off the road.
  • Tailgating: following another car or worse, a truck, too closely will render a tailgater’s car not visible, resulting to tail end collisions during stops.
  • Use of Handheld Phones or Texting: texting while driving has been illegalized by the government due to the great risk to accidents it entails. Using a phone takes one’s attention off the road for a couple of seconds – enough time to cause the driver to fail to notice another vehicle.
  • Driving while Intoxicated (DWI): a crime in all 50US states, DWI offenders are exacted with heavy fines and punishment. It can also result to suspension of one’s driver’s license and the end of all driving privileges, unless the guilty drivers files an SR-22 form, also known as a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) form.

Whatever the cause of a car accident may be, whether a minor cut or a severe injury to a vital part of the body, the Sampson Law Firm believes that the person responsible for the accident has the legal duty to compensate his/her victim/s. This compensation should consider the cost of medical treatment needed by the victim, as well as his/her loss of income due to failure to return to work immediately. Often, a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer is needed to help the victim get the amount of compensation he/she rightly deserves. For those living in the East Texas area, contacting a Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyer today will be able to guide you through your case.

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