The severity of reckless driving accidents tends to be greater than collisions without reckless components. Often, these accidents are fatal. Take steps to reduce your risk with these tips and learn what you should do if you’re involved in an accident despite your best efforts.
Understand What Makes Driving Behavior “Reckless”
There are generally two types of driving behavior that puts others on the road at risk — reckless driving and careless driving. Careless driving is often unintentional, while reckless driving usually involves the blatant or willful disregard for the safety of others. Reckless driving is a crime penalized by Florida law.
Examples of Reckless Driving
Driving behaviors that are typically considered reckless include but aren’t limited to:
- Intoxicated driving. Driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs increases the likelihood of fatal accidents.
- Tailgating. Rear-end collisions are a common outcome of tailgating, a risky and unnecessary driving behavior.
- Speeding. Driving over the speed limit by a significant amount raises the risk that an accident will be fatal if it occurs.
- Evading law enforcement. The evasion of police in any capacity — even at low speeds or for a short time — is illegal and typically results in a reckless driving charge.
- Disregard for traffic signals. Drivers who appear to willfully or blatantly ignore traffic signs in the area may be charged with reckless driving.
- Passing another car unsafely or illegally. Aggressively passing another vehicle in an unsafe manner may also be considered reckless driving behavior.
Engage in Defensive Driving
Driving defensively is an important part of reducing the risk of being involved in a reckless driving collision. You should:
- Obey area traffic laws.
- Drive at or slightly under the speed limit.
- Don’t drive while tired or distracted.
- Be vigilant while in your vehicle and keep an eye out for other drivers who appear to be acting carelessly or recklessly.
- If another driver is acting careless, make sure there is plenty of space between your vehicle and theirs.
- Report reckless drivers to the police.
Call an Attorney If You’re Involved in an Accident
Unfortunately, accidents can still happen even if you’re making a good effort to avoid them. If you were hurt in a reckless driving accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
Don’t wait until the statute of limitations passes to get legal assistance. Call Florida personal injury lawyer Ronald Slonaker for a consultation to discuss the details of your reckless driving case at 352.629.6656.