Tampa, FL—Driver error is a leading cause of motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. Many drivers make mistakes, fail to use caution, or engage in negligent or reckless behavior, all of which cause car accidents to occur. Some examples of driver negligence that have been linked to many accidents according to the Insurance Information Institute (III) include:
- Driving too fast for roadway conditions or beyond the post speed limit.
Speeding is a serious concern as it is “involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.” Speeding reduces stopping distance and makes it difficult for a driver to react when traffic has slowed, or they have to make an abrupt maneuver.
- Driving while impaired.
Alcohol, medication, and illegal substances are other factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents. It is estimated that each day in the U.S., approximately 29 people suffer fatal injuries in motor vehicle accidents that involve an impaired driver.1
If an individual was involved in an accident with an impaired driver, a Tampa, FL accident attorney can help them take the necessary steps to get the driver recognized for their reckless behavior.
- Failure to maintain the proper lane.
Drivers who neglect to maintain their lane risk side-swiping other vehicles or cutting in front of them. Drivers often fail to maintain their lane when they glance down at their phone, fall asleep at the wheel, or engage in other distracting behavior that causes their attention to deter from the road.
- Fail to yield the right of way.
When drivers approach an intersection with a four-way stop, they need to be sure they have the right-of-way before they proceed forward. The same applies when a driver is wanting to make a left or right turn. Unfortunately, not all drivers take into account their state’s right-of-way laws and perform the maneuver when it isn’t their turn to do so. Sadly, this leads to serious accidents, often involving pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles.
Although cell phones are the top contributing factor in distracted driving accidents, there are other types of distracting behaviors drivers display that lead to severe and fatal accidents.
Steps to Take After Engaging in an Accident With a Negligent Driver in Tampa, FL
When a driver is responsible for causing an accident, they should also be held financially responsible for paying the victim for their injuries and losses. If a motorist is looking to recover compensation from a negligent driver’s insurer or even the driver themselves to help pay for the accident-related expenses they incurred, they can contact The Reyes Firm for help.
The Reyes Firm can be reached at (833) 422-3329 and offers free consultations to those who are looking to gain a better understanding of their legal rights and why they might need to retain a Tampa, FL accident lawyer.
The Reyes Firm can be reached at:
3302 North Tampa Street
Tampa, Florida 33603
Phone: (833) 422-3329