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Accidents caused by reckless driving

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2022 | Car Accidents

When New Jersey residents travel on the roads, they expect to stay safe in their vehicles. Unfortunately, accidents can happen without a moment’s notice because of reckless drivers. Accidents caused by such drivers can be devastating and deadly.

What is reckless driving?

Reckless driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. People who drive recklessly may be filled with pent-up aggression and break various traffic laws that put everyone else on the road at risk. Reckless drivers show no regard for the safety of other people. As a result, their actions can lead to serious crashes and catastrophic personal injuries to the victims.

What are examples of reckless driving?

Reckless driving can take on many forms. A driver might speed dangerously over the legal speed limit and weave in and out of lanes with impatience, even when weather conditions make driving more dangerous. A driver might speed even in heavy rainstorms or during snowstorms and icy conditions.

Tailgating is a common form of reckless driving. It occurs when a driver travels too closely behind another vehicle. This is dangerous as it doesn’t give drivers enough time to safely stop. Even if the driver in front slows down, a reckless driver tailgating can end up rear-ending the vehicle.

Driving under the influence is another way a person can drive recklessly. Whether the driver has consumed alcohol or drugs, it dramatically increases the risk of an accident occurring. Impaired driving can also happen when a driver is fatigued. Fatigued driving is equivalent to having a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit of 0.08% as the driver’s judgment and reaction time are significantly impaired.

What are common injuries from accidents caused by reckless driving?

Victims can suffer certain injuries after an accident caused by a reckless driver. The most common injuries include the following:

• Bruises and lacerations
• Broken bones and fractures
• Head and brain injuries
• Neck and spinal cord injuries
• Amputations
• Pelvic and abdominal injuries
• Soft tissue injuries
• Disfigurement

In the worst cases, a person can die after being involved in an accident caused by a reckless driver. Holding the at-fault party responsible is important. You deserve compensation for your injuries or the loss of your family member.