Bad Driving Habits That Can Cause Accidents

In many occasions, we encounter careless or reckless drivers each and every day while we are on the roads and highways. It is imperative to understand that even the most minor bad habits can result in causing serious collisions. Bad driving habits not only cost motorists thousands of dollars in repairs and higher insurance rates, but they can also increase the risk of severe and fatal injuries.

The following are the common bad driving habits which can cause car accidents:

  • Distracted driving – Whether you text while you drive or brush your teeth during your commute to work, performing a task that either takes your eyes, hand and mind away from operating a vehicle can reduce your reaction time to avoid unexpected situations on the road.
  • Running red lights – Many drivers speed across the intersection prior to the traffic light turning red. Not only is running red lights a bad habit, but also extremely dangerous for you, other drivers, and pedestrians.
  • Speeding – While driving a few miles over the speed limit doesn’t sound too serious, even a minor increase in your risk of a crash. In addition, you could be subject to traffic penalties if caught speeding by law enforcement.
  • Tailgating – Following the car in front of you too closely is a common occurrence. If you don’t leave yourself enough room to brake, it can result in a rear-end collision if the driver in front of you suddenly stops.
  • Not using turn signals – Turn signals let other drivers know when you are making a turn or changing lanes. If another driver doesn’t expect you to make a turn or enter a lane, this can result in a collision. Signaling can prevent crashes.
  • Reckless or aggressive driving – We understand that driving can sometimes be frustrating, especially when you experience traffic jams. Driving while angry can typically lead to unsafe driving and poor decision-making.

If you suffered an injury caused by a negligent driver, contact our Montana personal injury attorney at Odegaard Miller Law, PLLC and request a free consultation today.