As a driver, you understand the importance of following the rules of the road. You also understand that some people don’t care to take the same approach. They know the law, but for one reason or the next they think it doesn’t pertain to them.

It’s these types of drivers who increase the risk of causing an accident, which puts everyone on the road around them at risk.

Traffic law violations have the potential to result in an accident. Here are some of the most common types:

  • Running a red light or stop sign: Traffic lights and stop signs are placed at intersections for a reason. If someone speeds or rolls through one of these, the intersection quickly becomes a dangerous place.
  • Failure to signal: When making a turn or changing lanes, it’s critical to use the appropriate turn signal. This gives everyone on the road an idea of what you’re doing next.
  • Improper yielding: Yielding onto the highway is easier said than done, especially when traffic is heavy and moving at a high rate of speed. If a driver doesn’t yield in the appropriate manner, they could cause a serious accident with a fast moving vehicle.
  • Tailgating: Even in slow moving traffic, it’s important to leave at least three seconds of stopping space between your vehicle and the one in front.
  • Distracted driving: As a result of advanced technology, distracted driving remains a problem throughout the country. For example, people are always texting, talking and browsing the internet while driving. And that doesn’t even take into consideration more traditional forms of distracted driving, such as eating, drinking, talking to passengers and daydreaming.

Police are on the lookout for anyone who breaks the law, but it’s impossible to keep all these people off the road.

If you’re injured in a traffic accident resulting from another person’s violation of the law, keep that in mind as you file an insurance claim and devise a strategy for holding them responsible.

Even in a minor accident, you’re in position to seek compensation from the at-fault party. You can do so in many ways, such as by filing an insurance claim or lawsuit.