Reckless driving is defined as “driving a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of persons or property.” It is considered a misdemeanor offense.
In the event of a car accident caused by reckless driving, the victims may be entitled to compensation, regardless of whether or not the driver was charged and convicted of reckless driving.
Have you been seriously injured or lost a loved one on account of a reckless driver? Consider filing a claim to seek the compensation you deserve. Continue reading this blog for more information on reckless driving and filing a claim.
Reckless and Aggressive Driving
Reckless driving, also referred to as aggressive driving, is one of the most common causes of car accidents. It consists of a number of traffic offenses that endanger either people or property.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported that 15 state legislatures have addressed aggressive driving, and 11 states have passed legislation that define what aggressive driving consists of.
Reckless or aggressive driving includes the following traffic offenses:
- Traveling too fast in poor weather or road conditions
- Unsafe lane changes
- Disobeying traffic signals (such as running a red light)
- Passing on the right outside of normal traffic lanes
- Tailgating or following the vehicle in front too closely
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Not signaling
- Failure to stop or yield at signs.
Speeding is one of the more common acts of reckless and aggressive driving and accounts for approximately a third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. Speeding not only increases the chances of getting into an accident, but also increases the likelihood of the resulting injuries being serious. The reasons behind this are upfront – the faster a vehicle is traveling, the stronger the impact when it collides with something.
Tailgating is also extremely dangerous. The closer one vehicle follows the other, the less reaction time a driver has. This increases the chances of getting in a rear-end collision.
Aggressive drivers who recklessly weave in and out of traffic, drive too fast, fail to yield or run stop signs and red lights put everyone at risk. This driving can result in serious accidents and injuries.
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If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a reckless driver, hold them accountable. File a claim and seek the compensation you deserve. This compensation will help cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.
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