In a recent study released by the AAA, it was noted that over 7% of all fatal accidents that occurred in the United States between the years 2004 through 2007 were the result of reckless driving.
Due to the erratic driving behavior that is often exhibited by a reckless driver, it is often very difficult for other motorists to drive safely within proximity of the offending vehicle, which can often result in an unexpected collision.
Needless to say, reckless driving is a huge problem on the highways and roads throughout North Carolina and is one of the most commonly charged motor vehicle offenses here in our great state.
If you or someone that you care for has been injured in a car crash due to the negligence of a reckless driver, the victim may be eligible to recover compensation for any injuries and expenses that are associated with the collision.
To find out how we can help, simply fill out and submit the “Free Case Review” form located to the right – it’s 100% free.
What is the Definition of a Reckless Driver?
The definition of reckless driver is very broad as it generally includes motorists that perform a variety of negligent or irresponsible acts.
Here in North Carolina, the state considers a reckless driver to be a person who:
- Operates a vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area carelessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights and safety of others
- Drives a vehicle upon a highway or any public vehicular area without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger any person or property
- Operates a commercial vehicle that is carrying an oversize or overweight load in a careless manner or in a willful or wanton disregard of the rights and safety of others
- Operates a commercial vehicle that is carrying an oversize or overweight loads in a speed or manner that will endanger another person or property.
As with any hazardous driving situation, it’s always a wise choice for responsible motorists to drive defensively at all times – keeping the greatest possible distance between themselves and the vehicle of any reckless driver.
Common Driving Habits of Reckless Drivers
For many drivers, being behind the wheel gives them a false sense of empowerment and control. It is not unusual for reckless drivers to verbally threaten other motorists or to use profane hand gestures.
With this in mind, some common traits of a reckless driver may include:
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to signal a lane change
- Disregarding traffic lights
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Using emergency lanes to bypass traffic
It’s important to note that if you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident due to a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages other damages associated with the accident.
Factors that Contribute to Reckless Driving
There is much debate as to the reasons why a driver feels the need to act in a negligent and dangerous manner.
However, some of the most common factors that experts believe contribute to this dangerous act include:
- Reduced law enforcement. Due to the tough economic times, many municipalities and states have scaled back their budgets for traffic enforcement.
- Congested roads. In the last 30 years, the number of miles traveled in this country has increased nearly 40 percent, but the number of roads has only increased less than one percent.
- Irresponsible driving– Many drivers are only focused on themselves and they sometimes forget that they have a duty of share the roads with other motorists.
While there can be other mitigating factors to such behavior, here at Lewis & Keller, we strongly believe that if a motorist, passenger or pedestrian has been injured by a reckless driver, the negligent party MUST be held both responsible and accountable for their actions, which we can help victims accomplish with the effective use of a personal injury lawsuit.
Road Rage in North Carolina
Oftentimes, people will confuse reckless driving with road rage; however, there is a big difference between the two. While reckless driving is considered a traffic offense, road rage is classified as a criminal offense.
In fact, road rage is defined as an assault with a motor vehicle by the driver or an assault precipitated by an incident that occurred on the road. Sadly, many people in the United States have been critically or fatally injured because of road rage.
Need Legal Help? Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a reckless driving accident that was caused by another negligent party, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse.
To find out how we can help you, contact us today at 866-299-1769. A member from our intake staff will answer your call, and shortly after obtaining some initial information about your incident, you will be connected to one of our attorneys.
With our head office located in Winston-Salem, we also serve injury victims in:
…. and many other towns and cities throughout North Carolina.
At Lewis & Keller, we have decades of experience helping injury victims and are ready to help fight for your MAXIMUM injury compensation today.
To begin immediately, simply fill out and submit the “Free Case Review” form that is located at the top of this page – it’s 100% free.