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There seems to be no escaping bad drivers. Whether you are on your way to work, running household errands or driving the children to school, it is not uncommon for cautious drivers to be forced to share the road with poor drivers. While some driving habits are clearly illegal, many simply amount to poor choices.

Unfortunately, poor driving habits can escalate into motor vehicle collisions during even a short trip. During any type of commute, drivers can be tempted to fall into poor habits, including:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving, such as the use of a cell phone, talking to passengers or texting
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving such as following too closely, unsafe lane changes and failure to signal intentions
  • Driving while tired also called drowsy driving or fatigued driving
  • Failure to account for bad weather such as heavy rain, wind, or even snow and ice in certain locales

Additionally, many drivers become victims of road rage. Not only has this phenomenon become more common in recent years, it has also grown in intensity. These are situations in which one driver reacts to a perceived slight and responds aggressively. These aggressive reactions can include tailgating, swerving or brake-checking. These interactions have been known to result in physical violence or even intentional collisions.

There are countless factors that can lead to a motor vehicle accident. Depending on the types of vehicles involved and the speed at which they are traveling, injuries can range from multiple fractures, brain damage, paralysis and amputation. It is wise to discuss your accident and resultant injuries with a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.