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3 types of dangerous driving behaviors

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Driving safety

If everyone followed traffic laws and safety recommendations, then road traffic collisions would be much less frequent. Unfortunately, the reality is that many people do engage in unsafe driving behaviors.

In fact, injuries stemming from car accidents exceed 5 million every year in the U.S. Many of these car accidents are the result of the following types of dangerous driving behaviors.

1. Speeding

Speed limits are put in place to try and protect the general public and reduce car accidents. The maximum speed in built-up areas is likely to be relatively low. Sometimes, drivers exceed the speed limits on purpose, because they want to get to their destination quickly, regardless of the consequences. In other cases, a driver may simply not know what the speed limit is in a given area.

Regardless of the reasons for speeding, an accident at higher speeds is much more likely to cause serious injuries and fatalities.

2. Improper overtaking

In certain conditions, it is legal for a vehicle to overtake. Nonetheless, overtaking maneuvers must be performed safely. Drivers must pass in the appropriate lane, signal, and check their mirrors carefully. A driver should not exceed the speed limit just so they can overtake. Improper overtaking is a form of dangerous driving and the consequences of this can be catastrophic.

3. Tailgating

Tailgating occurs when a driver does not adhere to the recommended following distance of three seconds. The reason why three seconds is recommended is that it allows road users to react on time should the vehicle in front come to a sudden stop. Tailgating increases the chances of rear-end collisions in particular, and the injuries suffered in these types of accidents can be severe.

If you were hurt by a driver who engaged in dangerous driving, you may be able to hold them to account. Seeking legal guidance will help to highlight your options in terms of making a personal injury claim.