Even if you are a safe driver, it’s easy to make a mistake when you’re behind the wheel. And if that happens, you could cause an accident that harms you and many other people on the road.
There are many forms of reckless driving, including the following:
- Excessive speeding: Any form of speeding is dangerous but doing so excessively has the potential to cause even more harm.
- Racing: It sounds fun to race another vehicle, until you realize just how dangerous it is. Not to mention the fact that it can get you into a lot of trouble with the law.
- Illegal passing: This takes on many forms, such as passing another vehicle on a two-lane road when the center line is solid. Or on the interstate, passing another vehicle in the right lane.
- Failure to use your turn signals: It doesn’t matter if you’re making a turn or changing lanes, using your signals tells everyone around you what you’re doing.
- Improper merging: It’s reckless to throw caution to the wind when merging onto the interstate, as it has the potential to cause a serious high-speed collision.
When you do your part in avoiding reckless driving, you’ll feel better about your ability to remain safe regardless of the conditions.
The only problem is that other drivers may not take the same caution. For example, you could be driving on the highway when someone flies up behind you at a high rate of speed, causing a rear-end crash.
If another person’s reckless driving causes an accident, seek medical treatment and then take steps to hold them responsible for their negligence.