There are many factors that affects how a person drives. From bad weather to being late for work to noisy children in the car, a variety of issues can impact a driver’s choices. These factors might tempt some drivers to take shortcuts when it comes to following the rules of the road.

However, when a driver “bends the rules,” they are actually violating critical traffic laws. Regardless of any other circumstances, drivers need to follow the law. Even laws that seem unnecessary to some drivers serve an important purpose.

Drivers often fail to take traffic laws seriously

Some of the most common traffic violations that might seem minor to some Connecticut drivers include:

  • Running a red light
  • Failing to stop completely at a stop sign
  • Speeding
  • Failing to properly use turn signals
  • Changing lanes without checking blind spots

Some of these traffic violations create serious dangers because the driver might not see a pedestrian or vehicle in their path. The other traffic violations are hazards because the driver would not be able to react in time to prevent a crash, such as in the case of speeding.

No law is too insignificant

No matter how trivial a traffic law might seem, the laws help to protect everyone. For example, running through a red light – no matter when the light turned red – has the potential to change someone else’s life.

When another driver has the right of way due to a green light, drivers with a red light cannot expect them to slow down or even notice them in time to avoid an accident. A T-bone accident at the intersection could cause severe injuries or death for passengers of either vehicle.

Even if there are few cars on the road, drivers must follow the law. It is not up to individual drivers to decide what is safe enough. If a driver causes an accident while they break the law, they are likely to be liable for the personal and economic damages of the crash.