Aggressive driving, also known as reckless driving, is another major cause of car accidents. You have probably encountered reckless drivers on the road many times. Their actions may cause you to modify your own driving behavior to avoid them, and this can lead to an accident. Reckless drivers place everyone around them in danger.
It is easy to spot reckless drivers. They are usually speeding or engaging in a range of other risky behaviors such as tailgating other drivers, running red lights or frequently changing lanes.
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Signs Of Reckless Driving
The DUI Foundation states that reckless driving occurs when an individual operates a vehicle in a dangerous or negligent manner. Some reckless driving is labeled reckless driving “de jure” or by law. This means that a driver who performs a certain behavior, such as driving a certain number of miles over the speed limit, is automatically labeled reckless. More on this website
Along with the dangerous behavior mentioned above, studies also show that playing music at a higher than normal volume so that other drivers can hear it is also a sign of reckless driving. Reckless drivers also tend to use their horns more frequently while they are maneuvering through traffic. Drunk driving is also an example of reckless driving.
Protect Yourself Against Reckless Driving
There are several things you can do to protect yourself against a reckless driver, such as:
Slowing down to let the reckless driver pass
Avoiding eye contact, which can sometimes aggravate the reckless driver further
Driving in the lane farthest away from the reckless driver
Ignoring any actions or gestures from the reckless driver
Most importantly, do not let your pride take over and attempt to challenge the aggressive driver. This behavior commonly leads to a crash. If the situation appears to be getting out of hand, it is best to simply pull over until the reckless driver is gone.
If you are concerned that the reckless driver may hurt or kill someone, call the police.
Avoiding Reckless Driving
It is important for all drivers to drive in a reasonable manner and exercise due care. All drivers are prone to engaging in reckless driving at times. It is possible to reduce the likelihood of reckless driving by avoiding certain behaviors, such as talking on a cellphone or attempting to multitask while driving.
It is also important to always drive according to the posted speed limit, regardless of whether you will be late to where you’re going. Being late to work or a scheduled appointment is never worth the risk.
The consequences of a reckless driving accident can wreak havoc on your life. When a reckless driver has caused your accident and left you badly hurt, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
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