5 Common Traffic Violations That Cause Car Accidents

Drivers put themselves and other road users in danger when they violate traffic laws.

Car accidents involving two or more vehicles often occur because one driver is not obeying the rules of the road. While many traffic violations can result in a collision, certain offenses are more common than others. Below, you can learn more about 5 of the most common traffic violations that cause car crashes.

Elevated view of serious car accident at an intersection.

If you have been involved in a collision caused by another driver who broke the law, you need to fully understand your rights. Make sure you talk to an experienced car accident lawyer familiar with the rules and regulations in your state.

Injury victims in Texas and Oklahoma routinely rely on the talented legal team at Hoover Rogers Law, LLP. With offices in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Lawton, Oklahoma, we are conveniently located in Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma. We proudly serve the legal needs of injury victims in both states. If you were injured in a car accident, contact us today for a free injury case consultation.

Traffic violations that often result in car crashes

Certain traffic violations are often cited by police and accident investigators as an important contributing factor in a collision. Here are 5 of the most common contributing factors in many car crashes.


Not obeying the speed limit might not seem like a serious crime to some. However, speeding drivers often cause serious collisions with severe injuries. Each year, more than 1,400 people in Texas and 150 people in Oklahoma die in collisions caused by speeding drivers, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Not obeying traffic signs.

Some drivers do not obey posted traffic signs, resulting in car crashes. Examples include:

  • A driver runs a red light and causes a T-bone accident at an intersection.
  • A driver ignores a stop sign and crashes into another car, truck or motorcycle.
  • A driver makes an illegal left or right turn at an intersection, resulting in a collision.
  • A driver fails to yield to a vehicle with the right-of-way, causing a car crash.

Drinking and driving

The dangers of drunk driving have been well-documented for decades. Even so, many drivers choose to do it anyway. People who drive under the influence of alcohol often cause crashes that result in severe injury or death.

Each year on average, an estimated 1,400 people in Texas and more than 150 people in Oklahoma die in car crashes caused by a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, according to NHTSA car accident data.

Texting while driving

Texting while driving is against the law in Texas and Oklahoma. In both states, it is illegal for drivers to read, write or send a text message while operating a motor vehicle. Texas’ texting ban went into effect in 2005 and has been amended several times since then, including in 2019, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Oklahoma banned texting while driving earlier this year, according to Oklahoma Transportation. Unfortunately, many drivers in both states still text while driving, resulting in serious car crashes.

While distracted driving comes in many forms, the most dangerous distraction is texting. Remember, you take your eyes off the road for an average of about 5 seconds in order to send or read a text. If you're going 55 mph, that is equivalent to traveling the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

Reckless driving

Aggressive drivers who break the law often cause serious car accidents. Examples include:

  • Following another car too closely (tailgating), resulting in rear-end collision.
  • Changing lanes without warning, which can be especially serious if drivers are traveling at high speeds on a highway.
  • Drivers who threaten (verbally or physically) other drivers on the road (road rage).

How can a car accident attorney help?

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