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Three Most Common Moving Violations that Cause Car Crashes

Posted on in Drunk Driving Accidents

Illinois personal injury attorney, Illinois car accident attorney, Illinois wrongful death lawyer, traffic offense,Auto accidents are the result of a variety of factors that can result in injuries and unexpected costs to victims. When on the road, drivers should not only be concerned about their driving capabilities, but be aware of other drivers on the road.

Traffic safety is legally enforced to protect drivers and passengers, but unfortunately thousands of driving moving violations occur each year, many of which result in car crashes. Three of the most common reasons crashes occur are:

  • Inattentive driving;
  • Fatigued driving; and
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Inattentive driving is a hazard that has begun to occur more frequently due to the advancements in technology. People take their eyes off the road to look at their mobile devices and in a second, an accident can occur. According to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey, an estimated 660,000 U.S. drivers are using mobile devices while driving at any given daylight moment.

When it comes to fatigued driving, some researches believe it is as dangerous as drinking and driving. Drivers who lack sleep or nod off while driving are at risk of causing an accident, since falling asleep for even a few seconds leaves the driver without control of his or her vehicle. Over 100,000 of fatigue-related crashes are reported each year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people who are at the highest risk are:

  • Young adults, especially males;
  • Individuals who have untreated sleep conditions such as narcolepsy; and
  • Shift workers like commercial truck drivers.

Lastly, drinking and driving causes numerous car accidents every year due to a driver’s impairment under the influence of alcohol. Traffic violations, such as running red lights, speeding, and swerving between lane, lead to being stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office reported 37,126 DUI arrests in 2012 with 86 percent of people arrested recorded as first offenders.

Avoiding these three moving violation offenses can prevent car accidents from occurring and provide a safer driving environment for yourself, your passengers, and others on the road. If you or a loved one have been a victim in a car crash in Illinois, contact an experienced Lake County accident attorney today for a free consultation.

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