Drivers see examples of reckless driving every day in Anderson, Indiana. Any of those reckless actions may lead to deadly traffic accidents. People injured by a reckless driver may be entitled to compensation for losses or injuries.
Common reckless driving behaviors
Reckless driving often causes motor vehicle accidents, but there’s a variety of ways to drive recklessly. Tailgating is when a vehicle behind another drives a few feet from its bumper. If the car in front stops, the tailgating car doesn’t have time to react. Driving too fast for road conditions is common to see on the road. Speed limits protect drivers, and weaving through traffic is dangerous. Reckless driving is any speed of 100 mph or over. Going 60 mph or over during ice and snow is reckless, even if the speed limit is higher. Drivers bypassing traffic by driving in the breakdown lane have a high risk of causing an accident. Impaired drivers endanger the safety of everyone on the road. Impaired driving includes fatigue, health issues, or being under the influence of alcohol, medication, or drugs.
The toll of reckless driving accidents
Motor vehicle accidents from reckless driving can inflict emotional, physical and financial pain on the victims. Some injuries may alter a person’s life. Spinal cord injuries may cause mobility issues, chronic pain, heart problems and paralysis. Nearly 20% of all traumatic brain injuries occur during motor vehicle accidents. Bruising, dislocated bones and broken bones are common after motor vehicle accidents. Victims may suffer from disfigurement from fire, broken metal or glass. A serious reckless car accident can leave passengers needing amputations of limbs.
Victims of reckless driving may seek a variety of damages. Common damages include pain, suffering, diminished quality of life and harm to relationships. Medical expenses reflect the cost of completing treating injuries from emergency care or long-term care to surgery and medications. Victims can seek damages for lost future income services for day-to-day tasks or childcare.