Reckless driving is among the top causes of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. Basically, reckless drivers just don’t care about other road users’ safety. They intentionally violate traffic rules without considering how their reckless actions will affect the lives of the people they share the road with. This is why reckless driving is more than just simple negligence.
If you suffered injuries in an accident due to a reckless driver’s actions, you’re entitled to seek compensation for your losses. But why do drivers drive recklessly? Here are some of the top reasons why.
Distracted driving involves doing any activity that takes a driver’s focus away from driving. It can raise the risk of motor vehicle accidents and is considered reckless driving behavior. Talking on your phone, sending a text, using the GPS, and even eating are just some of the most common examples of distracted driving. These driver distractions can endanger the lives not only of the driver but other road users as well.
Drugs or Alcohol
A driver that drives while drunk or on drugs is more susceptible to reckless driving than sober drivers. These substances can easily impair the ability of a driver to make safe driving decisions. Likewise, they can boost confidence and release inhibitions, typically resulting in reckless driving behaviors, including racing, speeding, driving on the wrong side of the road, and running stop signs and red lights.
Drivers who experience road rage can make rash and dangerous decisions like racing unwilling motorists, following too close, brake checking, passing too closely, weaving between lanes, or flashing lights. A driver that’s prone to road rage could allow their anger to cloud their judgment and cause devastating motor vehicle crashes.
Inexperienced drivers are more susceptible to peer pressure and reckless driving behaviors than experienced drivers, particularly teenage drivers. For instance, new or young drivers may not fully understand the risks of wanton or willful driving violations like speeding. They also don’t have adequate driving experience to realize how dangerous reckless driving behaviors can be.
These drivers may engage in reckless driving behaviors like drag racing, excessive speeding, running red lights, driving with the headlights turned off, distracted driving, making sudden lane changes, or fleeing from the police due to inexperience or peer pressure.
Drivers who are running late or are just impatient are prone to speeding. Driving too fast for the conditions can result in high-speed crashes with catastrophic or deadly injuries. Rushing due to running late can likewise lead to other reckless driving behaviors, including passing school buses or emergency vehicles, passing at railroad crossings, or passing on a corner or hill.
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If another driver’s reckless or negligent actions cause injury or property damage to other road users, the injured victims are entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault party. The Boynton Beach car accident attorneys of Demand the Limits have the necessary resources and experience to handle your personal injury claim and make sure that you get the justice and maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call 561-600-3555 to arrange your free consultation today.