The dangers of reckless driving

by | Mar 28, 2022 | Motor vehicle accidents

New Jersey drivers have all experienced their fair share of recklessness on the road. Whether it comes in the form of going too fast or just not paying attention, reckless drivers are the cause of countless car accidents.

What is reckless driving?

All drivers have different comfort levels, but it’s important to be able to recognize a reckless driver. Recognizing the signs can help you put some distance between yourself and a reckless driver on the road, as well as to help keep yourself in check. Some common signs are:

  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Changing lanes without signaling
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Lane splitting

Everyone has seen the driver on the highway who goes twenty miles over the speed limit, weaving in and out of traffic without allowing adequate room. These behaviors reduce the time drivers have to react to their surroundings and may cause accidents.

Lane splitting and tailgating are more aggressive forms of reckless driving. Lane splitting involves taking up two lanes of the highway at once in order to get ahead of other cars, while tailgating is following a car at too close of a distance.

Ignoring road conditions

Regardless of the speed limit, driving too fast for the road conditions can also be a huge factor in reckless driving. For example, 60 miles per hour might not seem like a lot on a clear, sunny day – but in a snowstorm, 60 mph can be catastrophic.

Not paying attention to your surroundings while driving is also a huge factor in reckless driving. Failing to notice the speed of surrounding traffic or signs on the road can lead to devastating accidents.

What do injuries from reckless driving look like?

Anyone that’s ever been in a serious car accident knows how devastating the injuries can be. Some injuries leave lifelong impairments, from traumatic brain injuries to amputations.

It’s important to seek immediate medical attention and document everything if you’re in an accident with a reckless driver.