The Top 8 Most Common Texas Traffic Violations That Cause Car Accidents, According to a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer

As Dallas car accident lawyers, we see firsthand the devastating consequences of car crashes. Many of these accidents stem from preventable traffic violations. Knowing which violations are most common can help you stay safe on the road.

In this blog post, the car accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare explore the top eight Texas traffic tickets that frequently contribute to car accidents, according to our experience. By familiarizing yourself with these violations, you can be a more responsible driver and reduce your risk of being involved in a collision.

#1: Driving Under the Influence

Texas has strict laws against driving under the influence. Alcohol and driving don’t mix, and DUI/DWI is a major cause of fatal accidents. If you see someone drinking alcohol in the car, don’t get in with them.

The Impact: In 2022 alone, a staggering 26% of all traffic deaths in Texas involved a drunk driver. Those crashes led to one person dying every 7 hours and 32 minutes. If you are the victim of an accident caused by DWI/DUI, there are legal remedies available to you. Seek the knowledge of a reputable attorney about your case.

#2: Running a Stop Sign or Red Light

Disregarding traffic signals is a recipe for disaster. A study conducted by The Texas Transportation Institute found that 70,000 red-light-related crashes occur each year in Texas. Always come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. It’s Texas law and the safe thing to do.

The Impact: Running a stop sign or red light can cause serious accidents and even fatalities, especially at intersections. Tragically, Texas currently holds the second-worst ranking in the nation for red light running fatalities according to the National Coalition for Safer Roads. We can improve these numbers in Texas, but it requires a collective effort from all drivers.

#3: Distracted Driving (Especially Texting While Driving)

We’ve all seen it — drivers glued to their phones, drifting in and out of lanes. Texting and driving is not only illegal in Texas, but it’s incredibly dangerous. Distracted driving takes your focus away from the road, increasing your reaction time and risk of a crash.

The Impact: Distracted driving deaths increased 10% in 2022 in Texas. Sadly, these are deaths that are 100% preventable. Texting while driving is especially dangerous, as it combines cognitive, visual, and manual distractions.

#4: Speeding

Texas has a reputation for wide-open roads, but exceeding the speed limit is a major traffic violation and a significant contributor to accidents. Speeding reduces your field of vision, reaction time and stopping distance, increasing the risk of a collision, especially in unexpected situations or bad weather.

The Impact: Speeding is a major threat on Texas roads. It’s a factor in a shocking percentage of accidents, and it often worsens the outcome of other driving errors. Tragically, last year in Texas, over a third (1,469 people) lost their lives in speed-related crashes.

#5: Failure to Yield the Right of Way

Failing to yield to the right of way in Texas can earn you a ticket. Texas Transportation Codes specifically identify the correct flow of traffic yet many drivers choose to ignore the rules of the road. Don’t become another statistic. Yield to pedestrians and vehicles with the right of way, especially at intersections and crosswalks.

The Impact: We’ve seen firsthand the devastation caused by failing to yield right-of-way accidents. In Texas alone, over 70,000 crashes in 2020 involved drivers neglecting to yield. Failing to yield can lead to a variety of accidents, including side-impact collisions and pedestrian injuries.

#6: Improper Lane Changes

Changing lanes without due caution is a common cause of accidents and is considered illegal according to Texas law. Always use your turn signal well in advance and take a moment to check all of your blind spots before switching lanes. The blind spot refers to the area around the vehicle that cannot be observed by the driver while he or she looks forward or through the rear-view or side mirrors. Blind spots can be checked by drivers when they turn their heads and look out the side windows. Taking the time to do these simple maneuvers can save you a lot of headache and prevent potential accidents.

The Impact: Improper lane changes can lead to side-swipe collisions, especially on multi-lane highways.

#7: Following Too Close (Tailgating)

Tailgating is not only rude, it’s a recipe for disaster. Maintaining a safe following distance (the 3-second rule is a good guideline) allows you enough time to react if the car in front of you stops suddenly. At traffic lights and stop signs stop far enough behind the leading vehicle so you can see where its back tires touch the pavement.

The Impact: Tailgating is a major cause of rear-end collisions, which can result in whiplash, neck injuries, and back problems, even at low speeds.

#8: Driving With Defective Equipment: Signal Indicators, Mirrors, or Lights

Your car’s lights, mirrors, and signals are its communication system. Faulty equipment can lead to misunderstandings and accidents. Regularly check your headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, mirrors, and make sure they’re all in working order. Not only is it common sense, but Texas law requires your vehicle to be in safe working order.

The Impact: Driving with defective equipment can cause accidents, especially at night or in bad weather. It can also lead to traffic citations and fines.

The Top 8 Most Common Texas Traffic Violations That Cause Car Accidents, According to a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer

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