Reckless driving is a serious offense and is treated very seriously by law enforcement. People who drive recklessly ignore traffic laws and place themselves and other drivers at serious risk of injury or even death. As experienced automobile accident attorneys, we see a variety of actions that are classified as reckless driving. Here are some examples of reckless driving that commonly lead to car accidents and personal injury.
Common Types of Reckless Driving
- Driving While Distracted: This is one of the most common forms of reckless driving. When people text, eat, or hold animated conversations while driving, their attention can shift away from the road. It can take just a few seconds of distracted driving for an accident to occur.
- Street Racing: Law enforcement characterizes street racing as reckless driving. A lot of people choose to race in abandoned areas or desolate streets, but it is still very easy to lose control of a car while racing. Crashing into another car, person, or object while racing can lead to serious injuries and leave lasting damage.
- Speeding: Speeding is another common form of reckless driving. Going above the speed limit can make it hard for a driver to quickly react and brake, which can lead to devastating accidents out on the road.
- Tailgating: Drivers who follow too closely or ‘tailgate’ someone else engage in behavior seen as reckless driving. A lack of space between cars means it is a lot harder for drivers to react, which can quickly lead to an accident if someone suddenly brakes.
- Improper Passing: No passing lanes and zones are carefully designed to help prevent accidents. They are often located in areas with limited visibility or near dangerous curves. Passing in a no passing zone greatly increases the chances of an accident and is seen as reckless driving.
- Weaving: Even though weaving and cutting through traffic might save you time on the road, it is another common example of reckless driving. Not using turn signals or cutting off other vehicles are dangerous driving activities that place you and other motorists at great risk.
- Failure to Stop with School Buses: Not stopping when people are entering or leaving a school bus with the ‘STOP’ sign displayed and lights are flashing is reckless driving that can place a significant amount of people, including young children, in danger.
Get the Help You Deserve
Reckless driving is a serious offense that can quickly lead to injury or death. If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless driver, an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to give counsel about your options. The team at The Tony Nguyen Law Firm is ready to help. Call today to schedule a consult.