Driving a car may seem like a normal and safe activity, but it actually comes with a high risk of getting into an accident. Auto collisions are unfortunately common in Virginia and across the country. While many crashes are somewhat minor, hundreds of lives end due to deadly accidents every year in Virginia.
It is important to drive defensively and pay attention to traffic laws. However, even if you are a safe driver does not mean other motorists are. If you are in a motor vehicle crash, it may be someone else’s fault, and you can protect yourself by filing a personal injury claim. Here are some common ways that negligent motorists cause accidents.
- Drunk driving
Of course, driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous things someone can do. Alcohol consumption significantly impairs cognitive abilities and judgment, leading to a serious risk of collisions.
- Distracted driving
Smartphones and tablets are some of the most common distractions for drivers today. There are also many other factors that can lead to distracted driving crashes, such as eating food, adjusting radio controls or talking to passengers.
- Running through intersections
Everyone knows that it is the law to stop at a red light or stop sign, but many motorists ignore these rules. Some drivers go through intersections because they are not paying attention. Others wrongly believe that the intersection is clear when it really is not. Sadly, some drivers run through these intersections because they are in a hurry. Barreling through a red light can cause a lot more inconvenience than being a few minutes late for work.
- Reckless driving
Motorists should remain calm and take their time while driving. Careless drivers may speed excessively, change lanes quickly and act aggressively.
- Young drivers
Teenagers do not have the experience necessary to safely operate a vehicle. This can result in more accidents that involve teenage motorists.