Dangerous, Reckless Driving Behaviors: Are You Guilty?

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Washington Attorneys Compassionately Serving Victims of Reckless Drivers

Reckless driving is a common form of traffic violation in the United States. It happens when one driver disregards his or her own safety, as well as the safety of others – including cyclists and pedestrians. Not only is reckless driving extremely dangerous, but it can lead to serious injuries (and sometimes death). Many Washington drivers are innocently put into financial crisis after being hit by a reckless driver. Fortunately, those who cause accidents due to reckless behavior are negligent; therefore, they can be held accountable for their reckless behaviors.

What Are the Most Common Reckless Driving Actions?

Reckless driving is a loose term used to describe a number of dangerous driving behaviors, including:

  • Excessive speeds
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunken driving
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to obey traffic laws or signals, or yield when appropriate
  • Running red lights and/or stop signs

Any one of these could put other drivers, and even pedestrians, at serious risk for injury. In some cases, multiple people could be involved in the accident – increasing the costs associated with one person’s behavior. Reckless driving creates dangers for everyone sharing the road, and often leads to serious, long-term injuries. Just some injuries common to reckless driving accidents include:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Blood loss
  • Brain trauma
  • Emotional distress
  • Contusions
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis

These injuries can negatively impact a victim’s life – whether temporarily or permanently. It is not just the financial impairment, either; it is also the physical and psychological impairment. Some victims are no longer able to work, enjoy their lives, or even provide for their family.

The Danger of Reckless Driving is Real

Most drivers are unaware that they are disregarding traffic regulations, while there are those who knowingly ignore safety. For example, drivers will know that speeding is against the law, but they will disregard that law in order to get to their destination on time. Each and every one of these reckless driving behaviors can result in serious injury, and the reckless driver should be held responsible – and even fined – for their actions.

Holding Drivers Accountable for Their Behavior

If you or a loved one was injured because of a reckless driver, you can hold him or her accountable for that behavior, and receive compensation for your financial losses. Contact the Washington personal injury attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown today. We can help you with your car accident claim, catastrophic injury, or wrongful death claim due to a reckless driver. To get started, schedule a consultation with an attorney at 800-925-1875 or fill out our online contact form with your legal questions.