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Five Traffic Laws Virginia Motorists Ignore 

You might be extremely diligent about following traffic rules as established in the Virginia Driver’s Manual, but you can be sure that you are sharing the road with many other motorists who do not. Some are in a hurry and cannot be bothered with compliance, while others may not have seen a traffic signal or lost track of another vehicle in their blind spot. There are even drivers who intentionally defy the rules of the road by talking on the phone or getting behind the wheel while drunk.

Regardless of the underlying reasons, motorists who do not follow traffic laws put everyone on the road at risk of fatal or injury-causing auto crashes. You could be hurt while traveling a vehicle, riding a bike, or walking, so it is essential to reach out to a Virginia car accidents attorney about your legal options. Plus, with some information on the top traffic laws other motorists do not follow, you are in a better position to protect yourself.

Disregarding Speed Limits

One of the most common traffic violations that can lead to serious accidents is speeding over the posted limit, primarily because of how velocity impacts a driver’s reaction time. The motorist has less time to identify a threat when traveling at a high rate, so he or she lags behind in making a decision to conduct a maneuver – so there is less time to take evasive action.

Noncompliance With the Cell Phone Use Ban

Despite penalties for texting, talking, and other phone use while driving, many Virginia motorists do not follow the laws. The implications of being on the phone are three-fold, affecting the driver’s abilities to:

  • Visually monitor traffic conditions;
  • Manually handle driving tasks; and,
  • Conduct cognitive processes necessary to safely operate the vehicle

Disobeying Traffic Signals

There is the obvious violation when a driver runs a red light, but motorists can also engage in subtle acts that break the law and increase the risk of auto crashes. Examples include:

  • Accelerating to make it through a yellow light;
  • Rolling through a stop sign;
  • Passing in a no-passing zone;
  • Making a right turn on red when signage prohibits it.

Ignoring Rules on Right of Way

One driver may be required to yield to another motorist under various circumstances, and there are also right-of-way rules related to pedestrians and bicyclists. Failure to yield can be extremely dangerous because unsuspecting road users assume they can proceed with their intended maneuver. 

Not Using Blinkers

It is more than just a mere annoyance when a driver does not use a turn indicator: Motorists who refuse to use their blinkers conceal their intentions and force other drivers to guess, a serious safety threat.

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If you were hurt in a vehicle crash because of traffic violations or other types of negligence, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC to schedule a case evaluation. After reviewing your situation, a Virginia auto accident attorney can explain the legal process for recovering compensation for your losses.

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