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Types of Reckless Driving: Bad Behaviors Behind the Wheel

By Luke Dow on July 11, 2018

A head-on car accidentIt’s been estimated that one-third of auto accident fatalities are related to reckless driving. The term applies to a broad range of behaviors behind the wheel that result in unsafe situations on the road.

The team at our Austin, TX law firm has dealt with numerous car accident lawsuits related to reckless driving and dangerous actions by drivers behind the wheel. Let’s take a moment right now to cover some common examples of reckless driving and why they are such a hazard.

Speeding

Violating the speed limit puts everyone on the road at risk, whether it’s another motorist, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian. Whenever you are behind the wheel, be sure to follow the posted speed limit. Remember that the speed limit helps maintain a safe flow of traffic and allows everyone to travel safely.

Weaving and Frequent Lane Changes

Changing lanes is normal if you need to make a turn or an exit down the road, you need to avoid a hazard, or you simply want to keep up with the flow of traffic. Changing lanes too frequently can be a major danger, however. You increase the risk of side collisions and multi-vehicle accident. Be sure to stay in your lane while driving rather than darting around traffic too frequently.

Tailgating

To stop safely, it’s important that vehicles be given the proper amount of space. When people tailgate, there is simply not enough room to stop a vehicle without a risk of a rear end collision. Be sure to give vehicles enough space on the road to stop properly and avoid accidents.

Failure to Use Turn Signals

Turn signals are essential for communicating with others on the road. If you need to turn, merge, or change lanes, turn signals help you do so safely. Failure to use your turn signals could increase the risk of collisions with other motorists. When your intentions are not clear, dangers on the road can increase. Use your turn signals, and make sure to have your fuses and bulbs properly maintained if an issue arises.

Failure to Yield the Right of Way

Giving others the right of way isn’t just courteous, it’s also a key part of driver safety. If someone fails to yield the right of way, there’s a risk of a collision occurring. Be sure to allow others to merge, turn, or change lanes if it is their turn to do so. Simple acts can make a major difference.

Running Red Lights and Stop Signs

When a driver runs a red light or a stop sign, the risk of deadly collisions increases. T-bone collisions may occur when drivers ignore signals to stop. Be sure to be mindful of any traffic signals or signs in the area, and to come to a full and complete stop rather than a rolling stop.

Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not just irresponsible, it’s also extremely dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 10,497 died in alcohol-related crashes in 2016. Never drive while drunk or buzzed. Instead consider a ride from a sober friend, a taxi, Lyft, Uber, or finding a safe place to sober up.

Distracted Driving

If your attention isn’t on the road while you are driving, you put countless others at risk. Avoid texting while driving, and also avoid using your cellphone without a hands-free set, eating, grooming, and other behaviors that result in diverted attention from the road.

Learn More About Auto Accidents

To learn more about driving safely and avoiding car collisions, be sure to contact an experienced auto accident lawyer. The team at Luke Dow Law Firm is here to help you in your time of legal need.

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