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Problematic driving behaviors that are preventable

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Firm News

Driving is a complex task that demands someone’s full attention and quick reflexes. Unfortunately, some drivers don’t fully comply with those requirements because they, instead, engage in problematic driving behaviors.

Among these, fatigue, distractions and impairment stand out as particularly significant contributors to accidents on the road. Understanding the dangers associated with these behaviors is crucial for all drivers, as everyone is bound by law to maintain safety and minimize the likelihood of accidents.


Driving while fatigued is often compared to driving under the influence of alcohol because the effects on the body can be similarly debilitating. Fatigued drivers may experience difficulty focusing, drifting from their lanes or even nodding off behind the wheel. To combat fatigue, drivers are advised to get a good night’s sleep before long drives, take regular breaks to rest and avoid driving during their body’s natural downtime periods, typically in the early afternoon and late at night.


Distractions while driving take many forms, from using a smartphone to eating or adjusting the radio. Distraction occurs anytime a driver’s attention is diverted from the task of driving to something else, even for a few seconds. To minimize distractions, drivers should set their phones to “Do Not Disturb” mode while driving and avoid giving their attention to anything else while they drive.


Driving while impaired is another significant danger, but it’s one that’s not limited only to alcohol. Illegal drugs can negatively impact a driver’s abilities. Prescription and over-the-counter medications can also do this. Any substance that makes someone feel sleepy, dizzy or out of sorts can lead to impairment that causes crashes. Drivers must understand the risks and ensure they are sober and not under the influence of any substance that could impair their driving before getting behind the wheel.

These dangerous driving behaviors are all particularly problematic, partially because they’re all preventable. Victims of related crashes should seek out medical care. Filing a compensation claim is also possible. This is a way for them to recover the financial damages they’re dealing with because of the crash. These cases are time-sensitive because of time limits built into state laws, so victims should seek legal assistance right away.