What are the dangers posed by reckless driving?

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2022 | Auto Accidents |

There are many potential dangers for everyone on the roads in New Jersey. However, one of the most preventable is reckless driving.

What is reckless driving?

Reckless driving is a type of aggression drivers exhibit that can put everyone at risk of a car accident and serious injuries or even death. A reckless driver might speed or race, weave in and out of lanes with or without signaling, and exhibit anger toward other drivers. Often, they also tailgate other vehicles, go through red lights or stop signs and deliberately ignore other traffic signs.

Why do people engage in reckless driving?

Many drivers are reckless behind the wheel due to poor traffic conditions. If the traffic is moving too slowly, it’s common for drivers to become angry and impatient. They might begin to exhibit certain dangerous behaviors. Running late can also lead to these risky actions. Even if the driver isn’t angry, they might be scared of being late when they have a deadline to meet or a time they’re expected at work, school or somewhere else.

What kind of injuries can victims suffer from reckless driving accidents?

Accidents caused by reckless driving can leave the victims dealing with serious, often catastrophic and permanent injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and soft tissue injuries are very common after being involved in such a crash. A traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury may be disabling, requiring extensive medical treatment for the rest of the person’s lifetime.

In the worst-case scenario, a person could die from their injuries after a reckless driving crash. In that situation, the victim’s surviving family members might consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

An accident with a reckless driver can have dire consequences and change your life forever. If you suffered injuries, you have legal options to hold the driver liable.