“Reckless driving” is a common term that people use to describe actions that cover a broad range of negligent driving behaviors. Legally, the term is generally applied to drivers who blatantly disregard the rules of the road, and in result, the safety of other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians that may be in their path. “Reckless driving” usually references an offense more serious than “careless driving” or “improper driving.”
Sometimes it is difficult to determine if a driver’s actions were legally “reckless,” but experienced legal counselors like the Sheboygan car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help sort out the details of an accident.
What Qualifies As Reckless Driving?
In some states, certain traffic violations automatically qualify as reckless driving. Other times, classification may be less clear cut. The following actions may result in a reckless driving charge/violation (only a few examples, many other actions may be considered reckless):
- Excessive speeding (for example, over 25 miles per hour over posted limits in some states)
- Contests for speed
- Dangerously passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway (limited visibility of oncoming vehicles)
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Willfully failing to yield or stop
- Dangerous maneuvers or actions caused by “road rage”
- Any violation of traffic law that leads to bodily harm of others
Unfortunately, these actions are far too common on the roads today, so it is important to be on the lookout for reckless drivers at all times.
If you think you have been injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, or other damages. Contact the Sheboygan car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 800-242-2874 to discuss your rights.