Auto Accidents and Reckless Driving
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on February 06, 2014
The roadways can be a dangerous for everyone, which is why we need to take the rules of the road seriously. When there are reckless drivers to deal with, the roads can be especially hazardous. This is unacceptable behavior for motorists, of course, which is why it's so important to meet with our personal injury attorneys to go over your situation.
Right now, we'd like to consider some of the basics of auto accidents that occur due to reckless driving. You may be surprised by what these entail.
What is reckless driving?
Reckless driving refers to instances in which motorists do not abide by the common rules of the road. This includes:
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Constant lane changes
- Unwillingness to signal
- Disregard for the right of way
- Cutting other motorists off
The Dangers of Reckless Driving
The many dangers associated with reckless driving have to do with the sudden reactions needed by another motorist to avoid collisions. Many motorists who are observing the rules of the road will swerve out of the way or dodge a reckless driver, which can lead to accidents with adjacent vehicles. Pedestrians and bicyclists are also in danger of injury when reckless drivers are present in city streets and neighborhood streets.
Any sudden disruption of a proper flow of traffic needs to be taken very seriously, which is why our car accident lawyers are so adamant about holding reckless motorists responsible.
Road Rage and Reckless Driving
We have noticed that many reckless drivers often intimidate or antagonize other motorists, which includes acts of verbal taunting, offensive hand gestures, constant horn honking, flashing high beams, and so forth. These are usually signs of road rage or impending road rage. Whatever the case may be, aggressive behavior coupled with can exacerbate the already present dangers of a reckless driver.
How to Deal with Reckless Drivers
When it comes to dealing with reckless drivers, there are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Do not make eye contact with the reckless driver
- Continue to obey the rules of the road
- Give the reckless driver space
- Do not antagonize the driver through retaliation on the road
- Do not speed up or egg on the reckless driver
- Consider the safety of your fellow motorists
- Consider the safety of you and your passengers
When you are able to do so safely, be sure to report the motorist (i.e., plate number, vehicle make/model, road vehicle was last seen on) to the authorities. Accident or no, it's best to hold negligent motorists accountable.
How Our Legal Team Can Help You
If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless driver, our legal team will fight diligently on your behalf. We will consider the nature of the accident and the severity of the injury as we seek compensation to account for hardships and material losses that have been sustained. Our team will fight diligently for you.
Learn More About Auto Accident Lawsuits
For more information about auto accident litigation and what our legal team can do for you and your loved ones, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City personal injury attorneys today. The entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve justice against people who have acted negligently or irresponsibly on the road.
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