Reckless driving accidents can be absolutely devastating and are often fatal. Do what you can to avoid getting into a reckless driving crash by following these tips, and find out what to do if the unfortunate occurs.
Understand What Reckless Driving Is
Reckless driving is generally defined as the unreasonable operation of a motor vehicle in a way that endangers the lives of other people. Typically, there’s a component of willfulness or blatant disregard that extends beyond simple carelessness. Careless driving is often seen as the unintentional disregard for the safety of others, while reckless driving is more egregious.
Common Reckless Driving Behaviors
The most common reckless driving behaviors include but are not limited to:
- Drunk driving. Driving while intoxicated puts everyone on the road, including the driver, at a significantly increased risk of a fatal accident.
- Excessive speeding. Driving significantly above the speed limit raises the risk of fatalities in the event an accident does occur.
- Tailgating. Tailgating is an unnecessary and risky driving behavior that often results in rear-end collisions.
- Evading the police. Drivers who try to avoid being pulled over are usually charged with reckless driving in addition to other violations.
- Blatantly ignoring traffic signals. If a driver appears to be willfully ignoring traffic signs, they may be charged with reckless driving.
- Passing unsafely or illegally. Unsafe or illegal passing is another unsafe behavior that is often related to “road rage” or aggressive driving and may be considered reckless.
Defensive driving is critical to avoid careless or reckless drivers. You should:
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Drive the posted speed limit.
- Avoid distractions while driving.
- Evaluate the behavior of other drivers on the road and identify behavior that is careless or reckless.
- Maintain space between your vehicle and other drivers who appear to be operating their vehicles unsafely.
- Pullover and call the police if you see a driver acting recklessly.
Get Legal Help If an Accident Does Occur
If despite your best efforts, you’re involved in a reckless driving accident caused by a careless or negligent driver, it’s important to get legal help. Don’t wait to take action. If you do, the statute of limitations could pass and you could lose your right to file a lawsuit against the driver responsible for your injuries.
Contact Zink & Lenzi Injury Lawyers today for a consultation to discuss your reckless driving accident case at (530) 895-1234.