Common examples of driver negligence

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Being involved in a car accident can be detrimental physically, emotionally and financially. Sometimes, accidents just happen and there isn’t a lot we can do about them. However, a significant number of road traffic collisions are the result of driver negligence. 

What are some of the more common examples of driver negligence? 

Impaired driving 

Sadly, just under 40 people die in impaired driving accidents every day in the U.S. For this reason, impaired driving carries serious criminal penalties. Nonetheless, these penalties are not enough of a deterrent to prevent impaired driving completely. 

Impaired driving is not only a criminal offense, but it is also a form of negligence. No reasonable person would be expected to drive while impaired. 

Aggressive driving 

Driving can bring out the worst in people. Drivers often have to be at certain places at a certain time, such as appointments and work. When someone is held up in traffic or gets cut off, there is a real chance of aggression. Aggressive driving that results in an accident can be considered negligence. Some of the more common forms of aggressive driving include: 

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Purposely running red lights
  • Swerving toward other road users
  • Dangerous overtaking
  • Changing lanes erratically
  • Blocking other vehicles
  • Flashing headlights and honking the horn to intimidate other road users  

Aggressive driving incidents result in thousands of injuries every year.  

Any form of unreasonable driving conduct may be considered negligent. This will largely depend on the specific circumstances of each case. If you have been injured in a crash, seeking legal guidance will help you find out more about your compensation options.