Study: Lane Departure Is the Deadliest Driving Behavior in Texas

Drivers who leave their lanes in Texas cause more fatal car accidents than drivers who engage in any other type of dangerous behavior, a recent report notes. The Auto Insurance Center compiled information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, paying specific attention to fatal car accidents between 2009 and 2013 and what caused them.

The study took into account several behaviors, including the following:

  • Failure to yield to the right of way
  • Overcorrecting
  • Failing to account for road conditions or obstructions
  • Making improper turns
  • Reckless driving

In Texas and in dozens of other states, failing to maintain a lane was the cause of more fatal car accidents than any other behavior.

A variety of reasons can cause a driver to stray. For example, as Distraction.gov points out, texting while driving will cause a driver’s eyes to leave the road for an average of five seconds. That kind of distraction could easily result in lane departure.

Further, driving while drowsy can cause a motorist to cross over the double yellow or go off the shoulder of the road. As the National Sleep Foundation points out, hitting the rumble strip on the side of the road repeatedly is a sign that a driver should pull over and get rest.

Lastly, driving while intoxicated in Texas can result in crossing the line. Law enforcement members are trained to look for cars that swerve, as it is often a sign that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Lane departure is enough cause for an officer to pull over a vehicle.

Understanding what causes the behavior is a key part of preventing these fatal accidents. The onus is on the driver of the vehicle to behave responsibly to maintain safety on the road.

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