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While you may be a careful, experienced and diligent driver, unfortunately, you can’t necessarily say the same about the other motorists who share the road with you.

Driver negligence is a leading cause of traffic accidents in the U.S. Here’s a look at some of the primary forms of driver negligence. Contact us if you’ve been hurt by any type of driver negligence.

Driver negligence is a leading cause of traffic accidents in the U.S. Here’s a look at some of the primary forms of driver negligence. Contact us if you’ve been hurt by any type of driver negligence.

In fact, what may be just as alarming as the thought that the drivers around you may be careless or reckless can be knowing that more than 90 percent of all traffic accidents that occur in the U.S. each year result from some type of human error, with the leading type of human error being driver negligence (according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA).

Given how prevalent, dangerous and deadly driver negligence can be on the roads, this blog series will take a closer look at revealing some specific forms of driver  negligence, how prevalent each form is and just how it can contribute to serious motor vehicle accidents.

If, however, you are currently focused on holding a negligent driver accountable for hurting you in a traffic accident, you can turn to trusted Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorney Kenneth Shakeshaft for experienced help pursuing compensation and justice.

Leading Forms of Driver Negligence & How They Can Impact You

1 – Aggressive Driving

The NHTSA defines aggressive driving as taking place when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” More specifically, aggressive driving occurs when drivers do things like speed, cut off other drivers, ride too closely behind other motorists or even slam on the brakes intentionally in front of other motorists.

While road rage has been closely linked to aggressive driving, motorists may drive aggressively for various reasons, including potentially that they are late getting somewhere, they are simply frustrated with traffic or other drivers, etc.

Regardless of why it occurs, the fact of the matter is that aggressive driving often leads to traffic accidents, particularly:

  • During rush-hour or other times when there are more vehicles and travelers on the roads
  • When others around aggressive drivers may not be paying attention to the roads
  • At intersections or other areas where a lot of traffic regularly converges and the road conditions are constantly, rapidly changing.

2 – Drunk Driving

Driving while intoxicated (due to alcohol and/or drug use) is illegal in every U.S. state, but this hasn’t stopped motorists from continuing to get behind the wheel after imbibing booze or other intoxicants.

In fact, while the Colorado DOT and court records show that upwards of 30,000 motorists in the state are arrested for drunk driving every year, the following drunk driving statistics shed some light on the scope of the issue:

  • Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. gets hurt by a drunk driver, and every day, about 28 people in the U.S. die in DUI accidents.
  • Motorists who are arrested for the first time for DUI have driven while intoxicated, on average, about 80 times before.
  • About 2 in every 3 people in the U.S. will be involved in a drunk driving accident (either as the drunk driver or the victim of the drunk driver) in their lifetimes.
  • Drunk driving accidents in the U.S. cost every adult in the nation about $800 annually.

For some more important info about driver negligence in traffic accidents, don’t miss the two additional parts of this blog series that will be published soon.

Colorado Springs Car Accident Lawyer at Shakeshaft and Gorman Law Firm, P.C.

Have you or a loved one been hurt in a traffic accident caused by a negligent driver? If so, Colorado Springs Car Accident Attorney Kenneth Shakeshaft is here for you, ready to help.

To discuss your case with Attorney Kenneth Shakeshaft and get trusted advice from an experienced professional, schedule a free initial consultation with him today by calling (719) 635-5886 or (800) 383-5886. You can also email us using the contact form on this page. We don’t get paid unless or until you get paid, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting us today.

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