Different Ways of Driving Recklessly

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Reckless driving is a major traffic violation in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and traffic authorities consider reckless driving as a totally irresponsible behavior since this is more than just a mistake or a negligent act; what it is, is actually a driver’s willful and active disregard for his/her own safety, but more so, for the safety of all others.

This traffic violation can be committed through any of the following ways:

  • Driving at reckless speed, which may mean driving 20 mph above the speed limit or driving over 80 mph.
  • Driving too fast for traffic conditions. One example of this is driving at the allowed maximum speed, but on a stretch of road covered in snow.
  • Driving on a any public road in such a way that can endanger another person’s “life, limb, or property.” This rule is a catch-all for all types of unsafe driving practices, like driving the wrong way on a one-way street, parking on a highway, or driving while asleep.
  • Having too many passengers. Drivers, who carry more passengers than the number of available seat belts or who allow more than one passenger in the front seat so that their ability to drive properly is compromised, could be charged with reckless driving.
  • Intersections and Crossings. Drivers passing or overtaking another vehicle at a railroad crossing or at an intersection, especially if there are pedestrians crossing or about to cross, are guilty of reckless driving.
  • Passing a School bus. Drivers who fail to stop while a school bus is taking on or discharging passengers or who fail to remain stopped until the bus has started to move again, are guilty of reckless driving. Exception to this rule includes situations wherein the school is on a section of the road that is separated from the lane of travel by an unpaved area or a physical barrier, or if the bus is immediately adjacent to a school and the driver has been directed to pass it.
  • Tailgating, distracted driving, failure to yield right of way, failure to use turn signals, drunk driving, and, running stop signs / red lights.

Though many drivers are diligent about operating their vehicles safely, others choose to drive without regard for others, and unfortunately when this happens, innocent drivers and passengers are at risk of sustaining debilitating injuries in what should have been completely preventable accidents. Along this same line of thought, Racine car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® say that, besides serious injuries, car crash victims are also at risk of death.

Car accident injuries can profoundly impact a person’s life and can include costly medical treatment, lengthy rehabilitation periods, lost income, and short- or long-term disabilities. This is why, in cases where accidents are caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, it may be possible for the victims to secure financial compensation to help mitigate some of these damages they are made to suffer.

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