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Reckless driving could easily lead to an injury-causing crash

While traveling the roadways, you may have often felt that other drivers were not operating their vehicles in safe ways. Some people may drive too fast, and others may act aggressively toward other travelers. Unfortunately, these types of drivers are everywhere, and they may make you and others feel as if you face serious safety risks.

When a person operates a vehicle recklessly, he or she does increase the chances of a car accident taking place. Though this type of driver may not think too much about his or her own safety, he or she may also not understand the danger in which other innocent travelers are being placed by those reckless actions. Of course, authorities do generally consider reckless driving a criminal offense.

What is reckless driving?

A variety of driving behaviors and actions could fall into the category of reckless driving. Some states, like California, have specific examples written into law that constitute reckless operation of a vehicle. In other cases, however, an officer's discretion may come into play when determining whether the actions which contributed to a crash were reckless.

Some examples of common reckless driving behaviors include:

  • Traveling at excessive speeds
  • Racing on public streets
  • Performing stunts on public streets
  • Attempting to elude police
  • Trying to pass in areas with limited visibility, such as on hills
  • Traveling too fast for school zones
  • Acting aggressively toward other drivers
  • Disregarding traffic signals and safety directions

As you read this list, you may have easily thought of instances in which you witnessed other drivers carrying out most, if not all, of these actions at some point. One or more of these behaviors may have even led to an accident that resulted in your suffering serious injuries.

Can you recover compensation?

If another driver operated a vehicle in a reckless manner by carrying out one of the above behaviors or another action deemed reckless by law enforcement, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim. This type of civil claim could allow you to pursue compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages that resulted from the crash as permitted under state law.

As mentioned, reckless driving can lead to criminal charges, and if the driver considered responsible for your injury-causing accident faces such charges and is convicted, that information may act as supporting evidence in your civil claim.

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