What is Reckless Driving?
You will find reckless drivers on the roads at any time during the day, but they are particularly dangerous at night and during the mid-morning and afternoon hours. It is during these times when traffic is a bit lighter and drivers take more risks when they drive. Reckless driving inevitably causes accidents. While reckless driving is egregious driving behavior that will likely lead to another’s bodily harm, careless driving is a lesser offense, and is considered the disregard for others’ safety.
The two can seem similar, and the ambiguity of the legal definitions leaves much up for debate. While you may believe that the driver who hit you was a reckless driver, the police officer or district attorney may classify him or her as merely careless. Regardless, reckless or careless driving can refer to a number of situations where people put others at risk:
- Driving While Intoxicated (DWI): Every 50 minutes, someone dies because of drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Alcohol impairs driving ability and causes people to take risks they would not take if they were sober. While alcohol is the predominant drug of choice that leads to traffic collisions, people who drive intoxicated from the use of illegal controlled substances and prescription drugs can also cause serious crashes.
- Distracted Driving: Distractions come in many forms, such as talking on a cell phone, texting, reaching for a pair of sunglasses, talking to and making repeated eye contact with a passenger, attending to noisy backseat children, eating, drinking, and even looking out the side window are all types of distractions. Some take the driver’s eyes away from the road, while others take the driver’s hands or mind away from the steering wheel or road, respectively. Distracted driving is a growing epidemic thanks to drivers who insist on using their cell phones behind the wheel. According to the NHTSA, 660,000 drivers are using their cell phones at any one time during daylight hours.
- Speeding: It is something that virtually all of us do when we get behind the wheel of a car. Speeding, whether it is three miles per hour over the limit or 30, shows a lack of concern for other road users, and is one of the leading causes of Houston traffic collisions
Whether the person who hit you was speeding out of aggression, impatience, or distraction, he or she needs to be held liable for those damaging actions.
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If you were injured by such a driver, do not hesitate to contact a Houston car accident attorney for financial compensation. Please make an appointment with the Houston law offices of Michael P. Fleming & Associates as soon as possible.
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration — Risky Driving Drunk Driving
National Highway Transportation Safety Administration — Risky Driving, Distracted Driving