On many roadways, unsafe driving seems to be the norm. Depending on where in California you live, it may be hard to get anywhere without seeing or being caught in the crosshairs of some other individual’s recklessness while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Some of the most common examples of poor driving like speeding, running a red light, or following too closely might seem innocent enough. However, these are the major causes of many car crashes – which are far more commonplace than most people realize – and there’s no telling how serious a collision it will be until it’s too late.
There almost always are victims when a motor vehicle accident occurs, and these individuals must take care that their just compensation is provided to them. Following through with these actions is also an important part of holding these reckless drivers accountable for their actions. The idea is that the legal consequences will deter them from continuing such behavior in the future, thereby protecting an untold number of other drivers – other potential victims of reckless driving.
What is reckless driving?
Understanding how a reckless driver is defined by law helps to determine your options moving forward when you’re a victim in these situations. Driving recklessly is characterized by behavior that shows clear and intentional disregard for others’ safety – a basic lack of concern for the other people on the roadways.
The posted speed limit isn’t always the top speed that drivers should be going. Variables like weather and road conditions very easily come into play, and drivers are expected to know how to handle these different situations. Other situations like road construction or high pedestrian traffic are all considerations that safe drivers have to make in order to avoid recklessness.
Because there’s always the potential for a motor vehicle to be dangerous, essentially any type of driving can be done recklessly. The best thing to do when you encounter a reckless driver is to stay as far away from them as possible. It’s best not to engage with them whenever possible.