Reckless driving refers to a catch-all description of behaviors behind the wheel that display a wanton disregard for others’ safety. Even though many Massachusetts motorists realize that it can cause collisions, they may continue to drive in a manner that puts themselves and others at risk. They could face serious legal consequences when their actions cause harm.
Reckless driving examined
Reckless driving can take numerous forms, but some behaviors are more commonplace than others. Speeding remains one of the more frequent reckless actions contributing to accidents. Yet, many drivers speed brazenly on roads and highways even after several near-miss accidents. Some drivers might rush to a destination and don’t appreciate the risks associated with unsafe speeds. Others may enjoy the thrills of driving fast. Regardless, speeding is dangerous and might lead to a fatal collision.
Impatience might lead to reckless actions behind the wheel. Drivers may become obsessed with passing other commuters, leading them to weave in and out of lanes. An aggressive driver might try to force another vehicle to move by tailgating it. Tailgating dramatically increases the risks of rear-end collisions that could lead to spinal injuries or worse.
Some drivers might engage in behavior that they do not think is dangerous but could cause severe harm. For example, pausing at a stop sign instead of coming to a complete stop may hurt a pedestrian. People need to be aware that they do not need to travel at a fast speed to inflict severe damage or injuries. A personal injury lawsuit could seek compensation for the losses incurred by the victims.