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What are the dangers of reckless driving in California?

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

California drivers might be safe drivers most of the time, but that doesn’t mean they won’t fall into reckless driving patterns occasionally. Unfortunately, it just takes one instance of reckless driving to get into a severe motor vehicle accident.

What is reckless driving?

The act of driving is an automatic process for most Californians, but it requires that drivers be able to safely react to the cars and people around them. Reckless driving is any type of driving behavior that puts the lives of the driver and others at unnecessary risk.

Most often, reckless driving comes in the form of speeding, driving under the influence or tailgating. All of these behaviors reduce the ability of drivers on the road to properly react and avoid a crash.

Motor vehicle accidents can lead to life-threatening injuries for the others. Crash victims also face financial loss from missing work while they recover.

Why is speeding considered reckless driving?

It’s not uncommon to see cars speeding or weaving in and out of traffic. Going over the speed limit puts other drivers at risk since they won’t have enough time to react or move out of the way of a speeding car.

Why is tailgating considered reckless driving?

Tailgating is when one driver follows another car at a really close distance, often to encourage them to speed up. However, if the car in front of them slams on their breaks, there is not enough distance for the car behind to stop in time.

What if you get into an accident due to reckless driving?

Ultimately, it’s up to each individual driver to obey all traffic laws to reduce the chances of accidents. It’s important that if you’re injured in an accident with a reckless driver, you reach out to get all of the help and support you need.