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3 common but hazardous driving behaviors

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2024 | Personal Injury

Driving is an everyday activity for millions but carries significant risks, especially when certain hazardous behaviors are involved. Understanding and avoiding hazardous driving behaviors is crucial for maintaining road safety.

One of the main issues with these three driving behaviors is that they’re all preventable. Drivers can easily avoid many crashes if they just avoid these actions. 

Fatigued driving

Fatigued driving refers to operating a vehicle while feeling sleepy, tired or exhausted. This impairs a driver’s reaction time, decision-making ability and attention to the road. Fatigue can be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, as it significantly reduces a driver’s cognitive and motor skills. Fatigued drivers may have difficulty focusing, miss vital signs or signals and are at a higher risk of losing control of their vehicle, leading to accidents.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving involves engaging in any activity that diverts attention from driving. These distractions can take the driver’s eyes off the road, hands off the steering wheel and mind off the task of driving. Even a few seconds of distraction can result in failing to notice sudden changes in traffic, leading to delayed reactions and potentially causing accidents.

Aggressive driving

Aggressive driving encompasses a range of behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, erratic lane changing and ignoring traffic signals. Aggressive drivers are more likely to make risky maneuvers, have less time to react to unexpected changes in traffic conditions, and are more prone to engage in road rage incidents.

Even safe drivers may be struck by a driver not driving safely. Getting medical care is critical for anyone who’s injured. They may also pursue a compensation claim, which must be done within a specific time set by Texas law.