Traffic accidents and collisions involving pedestrians frequently happen in West Virginia and throughout the country. Negligence contributes to many of these incidents, frustrating victims who suffer from otherwise avoidable mishaps. Also concerning is the increase in reckless and dangerous behaviors by motorists. A reckless driver may get away with moving violations and near misses, but they could face civil consequences when an accident occurs.
Reckless driving studies
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety performed a study of driving behaviors and discovered that reckless actions increased from 2020 to 2021. The reckless behaviors drivers engaged in during the timeframe vary, and nothing indicates that these drivers intend to curb their behavior in 2023 and beyond.
Not surprisingly, speeding continues to cause accidents. When a vehicle moves too fast, it cannot stop in time to avoid collisions. Also, the driver’s perception of the road may change because of excessive speed.
Although most people know speeding is dangerous, they might underplay the risks associated with drowsy driving. A person who feels too tired to drive from lack of sleep, a cold or from using medicine may experience similar effects to intoxication. So yes, drowsy driving can be reckless.
Negligence and reckless driving
Reckless driving can also include moving violations and a wide range of distracting behaviors. Drivers put others at risk when not placing safety as a top priority. If reckless actions cause any motor vehicle accidents, legal consequences may follow. Anyone who inflicts harm on others should expect to receive a summons for a civil lawsuit.
An auto insurance policy might cover losses suffered during a motor vehicle accident. Both liability and uninsured/underinsured coverage claims could be adequate. However, the victim might need to engage in serious negotiations to receive a proper settlement.