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Most Common Reckless Driving Behaviors

What Is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving involves any driving behavior that demonstrates a disregard for the safety of others. It's not just dangerous—it's also illegal, and can have severe consequences.

Reckless driving is one of the most common causes of injury in the United States, and the Massachusetts area is no exception to this unfortunate trend. Sadly, numerous innocent drivers are involved in car accidents caused by reckless drivers on a daily basis, and have to face not just physical injury, but medical costs as well. For this reason, many car accident victims choose to pursue compensation for the damages they’ve suffered.

Top Reckless Driving Behaviors

Dozens of different driving behaviors could be determined “reckless” in a personal injury case, but some seem to be more common than others. For instance, the following represent some of the most common reckless driving behaviors reported annually:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Not using turn signals
  • Not yielding right-of-way
  • Not looking at blind spots
  • Running stop signs
  • Running red lights
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving

These behaviors, each dangerous in its own right, are responsible for the majority of reckless driving accidents across the country, and leave many innocent drivers with serious injuries and medical costs.

What Are the Consequences of Reckless Driving?

The consequences of reckless driving can be severe and far-reaching, impacting not only the driver responsible but also other road users and even innocent bystanders. These consequences can include:

  • Civil Liability: Reckless drivers can be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages they cause to others. Victims can file personal injury lawsuits to seek compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

  • Injuries and Fatalities: Reckless driving often leads to accidents, causing injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or death.

  • Psychological and Emotional Impact: Reckless driving accidents can leave lasting psychological and emotional scars on victims and their families. They may experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

  • Loss of Life: In the most tragic cases, reckless driving can result in fatalities. Families of the victims may endure immeasurable grief and loss, along with the financial burden of funeral and burial expenses.

  • Increased Risk of Future Accidents: If not addressed, reckless driving behavior can persist, leading to an increased risk of future accidents. These accidents can lead to further legal and financial consequences.

  • Community Safety Concerns: Reckless driving creates dangerous conditions for all road users, impacting the safety of entire communities. Residents may live in fear of reckless drivers in their neighborhoods.

Reckless driving is not only a danger to the responsible driver but also a threat to the safety and well-being of everyone on the road. Preventing reckless behavior and addressing it are essential steps toward safer roadways and a more responsible society. If you've been a victim of reckless driving, seeking legal counsel can help you pursue justice and compensation for your injuries and losses.

How Can an Attorney Help the Victims of Reckless Driving Accidents?

Attorneys play a crucial role in helping the victims of reckless driving accidents by providing legal guidance and advocacy to ensure that victims receive the compensation and justice they deserve. Here are some of the ways in which an attorney can assist victims:

  • Investigating the Accident: Lawyers have the resources and knowledge to thoroughly investigate the accident. They can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work with accident reconstruction experts to determine exactly what happened.

  • Proving Negligence and Fault: To receive compensation, it's crucial to prove that the other driver was at fault. Attorneys can help establish that the driver was reckless or careless, which led to the accident.

  • Handling Insurance Companies: Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging. An experienced lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure you receive a fair settlement.

  • Filing a Lawsuit: If negotiations with the insurance company don't result in a fair settlement, an attorney can file a lawsuit and represent you in court.

  • Recovering Damages: A lawyer can help you recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the accident.

  • Accountability: Attorneys play a key role in holding reckless drivers accountable for their actions, which can prevent future reckless driving incidents.

An attorney's role is to protect the rights and interests of victims, seek just compensation, and guide them through the complex legal process following a reckless driving accident. Their expertise and advocacy can make a significant difference in helping victims recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Massachusetts

Reckless drivers threaten the safety of everyone on the road, but you do not have to stand for this disregard of your well-being. If a reckless driver has put you in danger or has caused you to be involved in a car accident, the attorneys of Crowe & Harris, LLP may be able to help you fight back in the courts.

Contact our offices in Massachusetts today by calling (617) 404-3417, and learn more about what your options are for pursuing financial compensation.

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