Obeying the rules of the road is one of the easiest ways to reduce the chance of an accident. There are many forms of reckless driving, all of which you should avoid if you want to reach your destination safely.
Here are several examples of reckless driving:
- Speeding: Every road has a speed limit, and you should do your best to obey it. Furthermore, excessive speeding, such as driving 15 miles per hour over the speed limit, greatly increases the risk of a crash.
- Tailgating: The closer you drive to the vehicle in front of yours the less time you have to stop. This is reckless behavior because any situation that calls for an abrupt stop is likely to result in a rear-end collision.
- Running a red light or stop sign: Traffic signals and stop signs are in place for a reason. If you neglect to stop when directed, you could be part of an intersection accident with one or more vehicles.
- Illegal passing: There are many examples of this, such as passing in the right lane on the highway or crossing over a solid traffic line in a rural setting.
Knowing what reckless driving looks like does two things:
- It allows you to avoid behavior that increases the risk of an accident
- It allows you to pinpoint others who are not obeying the law
If a reckless driver causes an accident, move to safety and call 911. Administer first aid until help arrives, and then head to a local hospital for treatment.
Once your injuries allow for it, contact your insurance company and determine how to best seek compensation for your injuries.