Driving is a necessity for most Ohioans. This everyday activity can become so routine that drivers fail to observe traffic laws. While some violations are minor, others can lead to major crashes.
Knowing the most common traffic violations can help drivers watch out for potentially dangerous situations. If you’re involved in an accident, thanks to someone else’s traffic violation, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny to discuss your options. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and more.
- Speeding: 41 million Americans receive speeding tickets each year, which amounts to about $6 billion in revenue. This is particularly dangerous, since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that speeding was a factor in 29 percent of all fatal crashes, and killed 11,258 people in 2020. When people speed, they often lose control of their vehicles. They may be unable to stop in time to avoid a crash, and the extra force is more likely to lead to a fatal crash.
- Distracted driving: Texting, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio and even telling your kids to calm down: these are all forms of distracted driving, which kills about 3,000 people per year. Texting and surfing the internet are by far the worst things you can do while driving, even if you’re sitting at a red light. It’s important to remain alert and aware.
- Running red lights and stop signs: Whether they’re distracted or taking a calculated risk, people who run red lights or stop signs are responsible for 20 percent of car accidents and about $7 billion in property damage. When moving forward on a green light, pause and make sure there’s no oncoming traffic. You might just save a life, including your own.
- Driving under the influence: Every 45 minutes, someone in the United States dies as a result of drunk driving. Even “buzzed” or “tipsy” driving is drunk driving. If you’re hit by a drunk driver, there are legal options available. Always designate a sober driver, or use taxis, public transportation and/or ride share services. When you’re on the road, watch for erratic behavior like weaving, swerving or aggressive behavior. Pull over and report potentially drunk drivers.
Watching out for these common traffic violations will help you stay safe on the road—but if you’re injured in a traffic accident, the Law Offices of Tim Misny can help. Call us today to get started.
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