Common examples of negligent driving

On Behalf of | Dec 18, 2023 | Personal Injury |

Millions of individuals in the U.S. use their vehicles every day. Generally, people make it safely to their destinations, but this isn’t always the case. There are thousands of fatal road traffic collisions occur every year in the U.S.

Some accidents are unavoidable, but a significant number of collisions occur due to negligence. What are some of the most common examples of negligent driving?

Distracted driving

It’s important to note that there’s a difference between dangerous driving and negligent driving. An example of dangerous driving is purposely exceeding the speed limit by a considerable amount. Negligent driving is often accidental, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous.

One of the most common examples of negligent driving occurs when a driver is distracted. For instance, they may glance at their phone to read a message or email. This is negligent as it only takes a second or two of not focusing on the road for an accident to occur.

Turning into another driver’s path

It’s important that drivers pay attention to their surroundings, particularly the other vehicles around them. There are occasions where drivers are solely focused on completing their own journey on time. This is fine if it doesn’t negatively impact other road users.

Nonetheless, if a driver becomes so obsessed with reaching their destination quickly, and turns into the path of another road user, this is negligence. For example, if one driver changes lanes without first looking in their mirrors and ensuring that the coast is clear.

While a negligent driver may not have purposely caused an accident, you can still hold them to account if you have suffered injuries. Seek legal guidance to find out more about personal injury compensation.