Reckless drivers can cause serious, life-threatening motor vehicle accidents that would otherwise be totally preventable. Reckless driving might seem harmless at the time, but the injuries to victims of a crash can take years to recover from. It’s important to spot the signs of a reckless driver and what some of the consequences of reckless driving can look like.
What does reckless driving look like?
Reckless driving can take many different forms. Some of the most recognizable forms are weaving in and out of traffic at high speeds or swerving erratically. Reckless is defined as any of the following:
- Driving under the influence
- Ignoring weather conditions
- Driving too close behind cars and tailgating
- Ignoring traffic signs and stoplights
Running a red light while going 10 or 20 miles over the speed limit can have devastating consequences. Because of the high speeds, injuries attained from a car accident with a reckless driver can be serious.
What types of injuries can happen with reckless driving?
At worst, accidents with a reckless driver result in death or lifelong disabilities such as paralysis, amputations and deformities. One of the most common injuries is a traumatic brain injury that can change a victim’s cognitive functioning. Soft tissue damage or orthopedic injuries are also very common in motor vehicle accidents.
What should you do if you’re injured as a result of a reckless driver?
Regardless of the severity of your injuries, they can still have devastating consequences on your finances. It’s important to work with police officers, doctors and your attorney to ensure that you get adequate support and compensation after an accident with a reckless driver.