Reckless driving is often prosecuted more harshly than other traffic misdemeanors because of the damage it can cause to other people involved. Reckless driving shows a wanton disregard for traffic rules and for other drivers on the road.
What Constitutes Reckless Driving?
In order for a traffic violation to be deemed as reckless driving, there are several qualities that it must meet. These include:
- Driving in a reckless manner or with reckless disregard
- Driving with wanton disregard for other drivers on the road
- Driving at a carelessly fast speed
- Driving in a manner totally different from how a reasonable driver would in the same situation
- Driving without the right amount of caution
Typically, someone charged with reckless driving acts in a way that combines several of these qualities. Although, a person driving at excessive speeds may be charged with reckless driving without any of the other factors present.
How Reckless Driving Can Cause Car Accidents
There are many different ways that reckless driving can cause accidents, and often several of these violations are committed at the same time. These can include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving without headlights or appropriate signals
- Improper turns
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Excessive speeding, especially in unsafe road conditions
- Changing lanes without signal
- Riding another person’s tail, or “tailgaiting”
Reckless driving is often the cause of accidents and injuries because of the number of traffic rules it violates. For example, if a driver is speeding excessively, they often change lanes without proper signaling, tailgate other drivers, or run red lights.
Contact Cohen & Sinowski About Reckless Driving Car Accidents
If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered property damage because of a reckless driver, contact the Georgia car accident lawyers at Cohen & Sinowski. Even if the driver at fault pays a fine or serves jail time, it may not cover the damages suffered by you or your loved one unless you get a lawyer involved.
Our experienced team can look at your claim and help you seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage incurred by a reckless driver.
Call our office at 404-351-8888, or request a free legal consultation online today.