Understanding the Definition of Reckless Driving

With millions of cars on the roads in the US every day, accidents are inevitable. And while sometimes they may be the result of bad weather, issues with infrastructure, road repairs, or more, other motorists are usually the problem. It is easy to see why too, unfortunately. Just in one trip to work and back, or even to the grocery store, you may encounter multiple distracted drivers. Sometimes you can even see drivers in the next lane reading messages at red lights (or while in transit!), texting, engaging in conversation, or fiddling with the GPS settings. There may be lively interactions with passengers, eating and drinking after getting through the fast-food drive-thru, brushing hair and applying makeup—and as a result of this, you may also notice erratic driving, swerving, slowing down and speeding up, and other dangerous behavior.

Not surprisingly, distracted driving is the number one cause of injuries and fatalities, claiming thousands of lives each year—with just texting and driving alone being the cause of hundreds of thousands of injuries. Whether you are in a fender bender or a serious crash, you could experience anything from cuts and contusions to a broken arm or leg, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injury, or even complex regional pain syndrome (with trauma sparking off painful nerve damage) and serious long-term effects.

Smartphones came along and added an entirely new quotient to the range of hazards already continually present in traffic, such as reckless driving. This is a broad category, encompassing every type of driving that puts other property or motorists at risk, to include fleeing from law enforcement. One of the most blatant (and common) types of reckless driving is speeding, and when this occurs as offenders also sail through red lights and/or intersections, the danger is exponentially worse for everyone present.

Driving under the influence is another example of terrible judgment and reckless driving, whether the motorist has been drinking or using drugs. Disregard for traffic signs and traffic rules also causes far too many crashes each year, involving other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a reckless driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker.

We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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