Reckless driving is often defined as any type of intentional driving that endangers the safety of other motorists on the road. That definition is sufficiently broad enough to include a number of driving behaviors. Below are some common types of reckless driving you might see on Clarksburg roads and those throughout the area.
Speeding or driving at excessive speeds is one of the more common types of reckless driving. Speeding is not just driving at speeds that are beyond the posted speed limits, but also driving at speeds that are far too high for road, traffic and weather conditions. For example, even if a person drives well within the posted speed limit, he may drive too fast for an icy road. Certain traffic and weather conditions require that you slow down to more appropriate speeds to drive safely.
Following another vehicle too closely increases the risk of being involved in a serious accident. Motorists must leave sufficient space between their cars and the cars in front of them to avoid hitting the other vehicle when the brakes are applied. Failure to do so can result in a terrible rear-end accident.
Weaving between Traffic
Weaving in and out of traffic lanes or illegally passing (such as on the shoulder of the highway) also constitute reckless driving and increase your risk of causing an accident. A driver weaving in and out of traffic may fail to accurately predict other drivers' behaviors – like when they will change lanes themselves – and could strike another vehicle.
Ignoring Traffic Signs and Rules or Other Vehicles
Traffic violations can increase risk of an accident. Red light violations and ignoring traffic signs also increase a person's risk of causing an accident. Red light violations are related to some of the most dangerous accidents, like T-bone accidents, which occur in intersections.
Part of responsible driving is showing courtesy and respect to other drivers on the road. Illegally passing a school bus that is stopped, for instance, is not just dangerous, but also illegal. Similarly, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle is another form of reckless driving.
Street racing can be one of the most dangerous examples of aggressive driving behavior. Racing on Clarksburg roads can be deadly, and can cause multi-car collisions.
Reckless Drivers May Be Liable for Accidents
Often, motorists who indulge in these types of reckless driving behaviors excuse their actions because they were in a hurry or because of the circumstances at the time. However, these behaviors are not just illegal, but also dangerous, no matter what the reason. For instance, running a red light could seem acceptable when running late for work, but can cause a potentially deadly accident.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, you are likely eligible for compensation that covers medical costs, lost income and disability. Speak to a car accident lawyer at the Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg about your options for compensation. Call 304-391-4088 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.