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Dangerous driving behaviors can place your safety in harm’s way

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2018 | Firm News |

When you first set out to obtain your driver’s license, you may have endured numerous hours of studying in preparation for the test. However, as time goes by, the knowledge you obtained during your training may slip through the cracks, and you might develop a variety of driving habits over years of traveling Louisiana roads.

Even if you can cling to the knowledge gained during the early years, you might share the roads with countless others who may have formed their own habits over time. While some of these habits may be harmless at best, in some cases, another party’s driving behavior could place your health at risk.

Potentially hazardous driving habits

Being involved in a collision can be an intimidating process, and each accident runs the unfortunate chance of leaving you with serious injuries. Some of the bad driving behaviors and decisions that could pose a major threat to your safety may include:

  • Presence of technology: The use of cell phones while driving is a major safety concern, and unfortunately, it is all too common for drivers to carry on a conversation, or read or write a text message while operating a vehicle.
  • Absence of spacing: Drivers who follow closely behind other vehicles are inherently less capable of reacting to a variety of driving scenarios.
  • Sudden lane changes: Drivers who make frequent and sudden lane changes without using a signal can create unfortunate scenarios, especially in times of heavy traffic congestion.
  • Reckless behavior: Driving at a high rate of speed can be exceedingly dangerous, and those who make such reckless decisions may place your health at risk in the process.

While you may be aware of the risks of forming bad driving habits, you cannot control the actions and decisions of others. Should another person’s bad habits cause you to become involved in a collision, you might be wondering about the next steps to take.

Seeking restitution

With the extensive costs of medical care, and the possibility of having to take a leave of absence from work, suffering serious harm in a motor vehicle accident can be devastating. If the other party is at fault in the accident, you may wish to pursue restitution, but navigating the civil justice system can be a complex process. However, by seeking guidance from someone with intricate knowledge in the area, you could become better prepared to pursue the restitution you deserve through a personal injury claim.