Reckless Driving Behaviors to Watch Out For
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Timothy Tonkin with Phillips Law Group.
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Timothy Tonkin, a Personal Injury attorney based in Arizona.
Reckless driving is a big problem, both for the drivers engaging in dangerous behavior as well as anyone else sharing the road with them. If you observe a driver behaving recklessly, it’s a good idea to remove yourself from their immediate proximity, whether this means slowing down, letting them pass, or changing lanes.
If you suspect a driver’s reckless behavior is likely to cause a collision, call the police using a hands-free device or pull over to a safe location and call to give them a description of the vehicle, license plate number if possible, as well as their location. If there is another person in the vehicle, you may have them call on your behalf, and/or take pictures or record the reckless driving for evidence in the event of a collision.
Signs that a driver may be behaving recklessly include but are not limited to:
- Looking at their phone while driving
- Talking on a device that is not hands-free while driving
- Eating, applying makeup, or engaging in another activity that takes the hands away from the steering wheel while driving
- Changing lanes quickly and/or without warning
- Driving down the center of the road
- Straddling lanes
- Driving in the wrong lane
- Braking too quickly
- Excessive speeding
- Unnecessary honking
- Using aggressive hand gestures and/or shouting
- Cutting off other vehicles
- Accelerating quickly
- Flashing headlights out of frustration
If you are involved in an accident with a reckless driver, it’s a good idea to collect some evidence at the scene.
Reckless drivers typically draw attention to themselves; this is actually a good thing, not only because their behavior can serve as a warning to give the dangerous vehicle extra space, but it also means there might be witnesses who noted what happened before, during, and after the accident.
Whenever you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident, it’s important to take pictures of both vehicles, any resulting damage to vehicles and surrounding property, as well as any injuries that occurred. In any accident and especially in the event of an accident caused or contributed to by reckless driving, collecting the contact information of anyone who might have witnessed the events unfolding is extremely important. Witnesses tend to be much harder to track down after the fact, and witness testimony can play an important role in reckless driving cases. If witnesses agree, you may even choose to record their testimony while it is fresh in their mind.
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident with a reckless driver, it’s important to explore all of your options for recovery. You may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the negligent driver in order to cover damages like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. If you aren’t sure whether you have a case, reach out to a car accident attorney in your area. These lawyers typically offer free consultations and can quickly give you an idea of the viability of your case.
To learn more about reckless driving behaviors, or for help filing a claim, reach out to a car accident attorney in your area.