Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Traffic Mistakes that Lead to Crashes

Car accidents, while easily preventable, occur quite frequently. There have already been over 300,000 accidents in the State of Florida since the start of 2016.1

Car accidents can vary from being relatively minor to extremely serious in nature and in some instances, car accidents may even be fatal. In addition to causing potential injuries, car accidents may also impact other elements of an individual's everyday life. Car accidents may affect an individual's ability to remain mobile as well as negatively affect an individual's finances.

Because of the frequency at which car accidents occur, it is important to identify common causes of car accidents in an effort to avoid them. Specifically, collisions often result from a driver making mistakes on the road and putting you at risk. Some traffic mistakes that are common causes of car accidents include:

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is the cause of a number of car accidents. Distracted driving occurs whenever a driver's full focus is not on the road. Instead, the driver's focus is split between driving and some other activity. Some common examples of distracted driving include:

Using cellphones while driving: More drivers are using cellphones while driving. Drivers can be distracted either while talking on the phone or while texting. This increases the probability of an accident. As a result, many more cities are now requiring drivers to use hands-free devices.
Adjusting the music or GPS device
Looking at the scenery or anywhere but the road in front of the driver
Being distracted by other passengers, including children riding in the backseat

Driver Fatigue

A driver who operates a vehicle while tired is at a greater risk of causing an accident. Driver fatigue impacts the driver's judgment and decreases focus. This may result in the driver varying speeds for no reason, failing to observe basic traffic rules, or experiencing increased road rage. Drivers should be well-rested whenever driving. Drivers should get a good sleep before driving, take breaks if traveling long distances, and pull over should they feel tired or drowsy. In addition, all commercial truck drivers should always follow hours of service regulations set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


Speeding increases the risk of an accident. It reduces the time required to stop, increases the risk of the driver striking another vehicle, or it may cause the driver to lose control. Speeding also increases the possibility that an accident may be more severe due to the increased force of the impact. In addition to following the posted speed limit, drivers should always reduce their speed in potentially dangerous road, traffic, or weather conditions.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving occurs whenever a driver operates a motor vehicle without regard for the rights and safety of others. This can include a variety of aggressive behaviors such as:

Tailgating vehicles
Frequently changing lanes without regard for others
Preventing others from operating their vehicle in a reasonable manner
Using insulting language and inappropriate gestures

While all aggressive driving is dangerous, it can be even more harmful if a driver’s impatience increases to rage. Road rage can result in drivers purposely putting other people in harm’s way.


It is not uncommon for driving to be negatively impacted by adverse weather conditions. Bad weather can increase the likelihood of an accident because it creates unsafe driving conditions, reduces visibility, and makes it more difficult to stop and avoid hazards which result from changing road conditions.


Accidents can be avoidable and drivers who make dangerous errors on the road should be held fully liable for all of the harm caused. Car accidents can lead to financial complications as well as to physical injuries. If you are in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for those costs and expenses resulting from the accident. At the Dolman Law Group in St. Petersburg, Florida, our team of skilled and experienced automobile accident attorneys will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 727-222-6922 for a free consultation.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922

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