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Most Common Traffic Violations

May 18, 2011

Many drivers break the rules of the road because they are in a hurry or not paying attention to what they are doing. Here is a list of some of the most common traffic violations.

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With many auto and motorcycle accidents occurring each year, it is extremely important that drivers exercise safe driving habits. A clear understanding of the rules of the road, experience, and caution while driving can go a long way toward keeping drivers, passengers, and pedestrians safe. Unfortunately, many drivers break the rules because they are in a hurry or not paying attention to what they are doing. Here is a list of some of the most common traffic violations.

Speeding

Although many people deliberately speed, some are unaware that they are committing the offense, either because they are lost in their thoughts or do not know the speed limit of the area. Whatever the reasons, speeding can have dangerous consequences. According to a study conducted by the American Automobile Association, speeding almost triples a driver’s chances of being involved in an auto accident.

Running Red Lights

Accidents that are caused when a person runs a red light tend to result in more serious injuries and deaths. The high speed of the vehicle that runs the red light puts pedestrians and other vehicles at serious risk. City officials have even taken to installing red light cameras at certain intersections to catch and punish drivers that run red lights.

Following Too Closely

The vast majority of rear-end accidents are caused when drivers follow another vehicle too closely. In general, it is a good idea to follow the three-second rule while driving; make sure that there is enough space between your car and the vehicle in front of you so that you have at least three seconds to slow down in case you need to come to a sudden stop. This time span should increase when you are driving at faster speeds or in poor weather.

Driving Under the Influence

The use of alcohol or drugs can affect a person’s information-processing skills and hand-to-eye coordination, severely impairing their ability to drive. Driving under the influence greatly increases a person’s chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. If you have had anything to drink, do not drive. Arrange for a cab or a friend to drive you home.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, a personal injury may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills and other expenses related to your injury. Find a lawyer in your area today.

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