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5 Traffic Violations That Cause Car Accidents

A traffic signal showing red for stop

Bad driving behavior is a safety hazard that can have severe consequences.

When people bend or break traffic rules, they put everyone at a higher risk of being injured in a car accident.

Unfortunately, since the pandemic, more car accidents have been attributed to bad driving behaviors. This includes increased incidents of speeding over 100 mph, red-light runners, and fatal pedestrian accidents, among other reckless driving habits.

If you were injured or a loved one died in a Tri-state area car accident, contact Recht Law Offices for a free case evaluation.

5 traffic violations that cause car accidents

Some traffic violations are more likely to lead to a car accident than others. Here are some bad driving behaviors to watch out for – they’re among the most likely to cause a bad car accident.

1. Speeding

Drivers are required to maintain safe control of their vehicles at all times on the road. This is harder to do if the driver is speeding. Going too fast for the conditions or breaking the speed limit means the driver has less time to react to hazards and will have more difficulty navigating turns. Speed intensifies car accident injuries and raises the risk that a crash will be fatal.

2. Texting while driving

Ohio, Pennslyvania, and West Virginia ban texting while driving. West Virginia also bans using hand-held devices while driving. When a driver is texting, they aren’t watching the road. Car accidents can happen in a second. Reading a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds.

Distracted driver holds cellphone while driving

3. Red-light running / failure to obey traffic signals

Drivers are increasingly plowing through red lights at intersections and causing devastating crashes. Common intersection crash types include head-on collision, rear-end collision, and T-bone.

4. Tailgating

A driver following the vehicle in front of them too closely is tailgating, which is a traffic violation. Drivers are expected to maintain an adequate distance to adjust if the driver in front makes a sudden stop. Tailgating is a form of road rage and aggressive driving, which are, in many cases, also traffic violations.

5. Failure to yield right of way

This type of infraction typically happens at intersections and stop signs. A typical failure-to-yield crash involves at least one driver who thought they had the right of way, made a left turn, and got into a crash with oncoming traffic.

Types of accident compensation

Depending on how much harm was done, you may be entitled to cash compensation. You may be eligible to collect compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills.
  • Lost wages during your recovery.
  • Lost future earnings.
  • Future medical expenses.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Emotional distress.
  • Modifications to your home or vehicle.
  • Property damage.

We stand up for Tri-State car accident victims

When another driver skirts the rules and causes a car accident, it may seem like you have a straightforward case. Unfortunately, even though your accident seems easy, receiving the compensation you deserve won’t be. Most car insurance companies, including your own, do not have your best interests at heart. The role of an adjuster is to reject claims or compensate victims as little as possible.

Whether your accident was in West Virginia, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, the insurance companies don’t intimidate the legal team at Recht Law Offices. We’ve gone up against many of the same insurance companies you may be dealing with and come out on top.

If you were injured or a loved one died in a fatal car accident, contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation. We can explain how the law applies to your specific situation, estimate the value of your claim, and help weigh your options.

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