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The various types and consequences of negligent driving behaviors

As you head out on Tennessee roads to tackle your plans for the day, you may give little to no thought to the potential hazards you might encounter. Unfortunately, disaster could strike at any moment and under a variety of circumstances, and dealing with the fallout of a collision can be scary and intimidating.

While on the open road, you may find you have little control over the actions of others and that the decisions they make could impact your safety. However, you might be able to better prepare to protect your well-being by taking the time to gain insight into the types of behavior that could place you at risk.

Negligent driving behaviors

Negligent driving behaviors can come in a variety of forms and fashions, each of which could increase the chances of a collision. Some of the most common forms of negligence you may encounter on the road may include:

  • Lack of attention: There are a variety of distractions that can divert a person's attention off the task at hand while driving, and those who give in to distraction run a greater risk of creating a potentially hazardous scenario.
  • Presence of impairment: As the influence of alcohol or drugs inherently reduces someone's ability to safely operate a vehicle, encountering an impaired driver can be exceedingly dangerous.
  • Reckless behavior: Behaviors such as tailgating or driving at high rates of speed also reduce a driver's ability to handle a multitude of driving scenarios, and such decisions increase the odds a collision might occur.
  • Traffic laws: Ignoring traffic laws can be hazardous under any scenario, and those who fail to adhere to traffic lights and stop signs could place your well-being in harm's way in the process.

Regardless of how it occurs, being involved in a collision can be a daunting experience. Should another party cause an accident that leaves you with severe injuries, you might be wondering about the next steps to take to seek accountability.

After the unthinkable occurs

With the extensive costs of medical care and the likelihood of having to take time off work, suffering severe harm in a major collision can be devastating. Following the crash, you may wish to explore your available options for legal recourse, but navigating the civil justice system can be a complex process. Fortunately, you don't have to go through this alone. By seeking guidance from someone with experience in such matters, you could find yourself in a better position to pursue the full amount of restitution you deserve.

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