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Common dangerous driving behaviors on Idaho roads

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | PERSONAL INJURY (PLAINTIFF) - Car Accidents

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study showed troubling findings about the rise of unsafe driving behaviors. As a result, within just one year (this was in 2021), fatalities rose by 10.5%, which translates to almost 5,000 more deaths. To stay safe in Idaho, it’s essential to be aware of dangerous driving habits, take the necessary actions to avoid them and practice defensive driving to protect yourself from reckless and negligent motorists.

Distracted driving

An astonishing number of drivers (37.4%) use their phones while behind the wheel, which is a primary cause of car accidents. Other forms of distracted driving include playing with a GPS device, eating or drinking, indulging other passengers or even daydreaming. These activities can put drivers at risk because they are taking their attention away from the road and the traffic around them.

Reckless driving

Speeding, tailgating, lane changing without proper signaling or not following traffic signs can lead to a dangerous situation on the road. Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

Driving under the influence

Driving while intoxicated with drugs or alcohol drastically diminishes an individual’s capability to operate a car safely. That’s why every state, including Idaho, has laws against it, and law enforcement officers rigorously enforce this regulation with hefty penalties for any driver caught driving while intoxicated.

Driving while tired

Drowsy driving has become an issue due to lack of sleep and long hours behind the wheel while traveling on business trips or vacations. Research suggests that drivers who haven’t had enough sleep can perform worse than intoxicated drivers. It’s essential to take breaks every two hours if you’re feeling tired and never drive after having alcohol or drugs.

By being mindful of these common dangerous driving habits, you can stay safe on Idaho’s roads. However, if you, unfortunately, get into an accident with a reckless or negligent driver, you should know that you can file a lawsuit against them if your damages or injuries exceed your insurance policy’s limit.