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Common types of reckless driving

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2020 | Car Accidents |

We are all aware that reckless driving is unacceptable and can easily lead to serious car accidents, resulting in injuries or even death. However, many people are not aware of the exact types of behavior that constitute reckless driving.

If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you may be considering taking legal action against the other driver in the hope of gaining damages. To successfully do this, you may need to show that the other driver was engaging in reckless driving. The following are some of the most common types of reckless driving behaviors that you may be able to use as part of your argument.

Distracted driving

When a person is operating a vehicle, it is of paramount importance that they give full attention to the task at hand. This means that if they are engaging in any other activity, such as attending to their children, using their phones, taking photos or watching videos, they are driving while distracted. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and a form of reckless driving.

Not obeying traffic laws

Traffic rules are made to be obeyed, not broken. A stop sign or red light is there for a good reason, and if a driver chooses not to obey the rules of the road, they are driving recklessly.

Racing other drivers

Driving on roads is not a sport, but a mode of transport. If a driver is racing another car, they are likely speeding and making moves that are dangerous for other drivers on the roads. For this reason, it is a form of reckless driving.


All roads have certain speed limits that should be adhered to. These speed limits are in place both for the safety of drivers and passengers on the road, but also for the safety of pedestrians.

Driving aggressively

Attention to safety is a requirement for all drivers. If a driver is using their anger or road rage to take unacceptable actions on the road, they will be engaging in a form of distracted driving.

If you believe that an accident you were involved in was caused as a result of reckless driving, consider filing for damages. Doing so may help you gain compensation for all financial damages, and the pain and suffering caused.