It’s not always the other guy’s fault. A driver may be liable for an accident due intentional or reckless conduct behind the wheel. Reckless driving is defined as driving unsafely, with “willful and wanton disregard” for the probability that the driving may cause an automobile accident.
13,000 people had been injured or killed since 1990 in crashes caused by aggressive driving. Law enforcement is renewing efforts to identify and penalize aggressive drivers across the country. Unlawful driving actions include:
- Speeding, as in driving too fast for the conditions faced with or exceeding the posted limit
- Excessive or improper lane changing
- Not signaling intent
- Not seeing that movement can be made safely
- Improper passing such as passing on the shoulder, using an emergency lane to pass, or failing to signal intent
Ways to avoid an accident with a reckless driver include getting out of the way first, not challenging the aggressive driver by trying to hold-your-own in your lane or by speeding up, and avoiding eye contact and gestures. Finally, report any aggressive driving you see to the police, and don’t hesitate to consult a lawyer if you believe you are in need of legal help.
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