Research has shown that reckless driving can significantly increase the risk of causing a motor vehicle wreck. If you are hurt in a crash caused by a reckless driver while traveling on a Georgia highway, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. Let’s take a look at examples of reckless driving and why engaging in these activities can be so dangerous.
Driving too fast for road conditions can put others in danger
Ideally, you will drive as close to the posted speed limit as possible. However, during periods of inclement weather, adhering to this limit may not be safe as you may have limited visibility or traction. Driving too fast for road conditions may make it difficult to maintain your lane or increase your stopping distance. This may ultimately make it hard to avoid a collision with another vehicle, median or other objects.
Driving while impaired can cause mental and physical distractions
Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lower inhibitions and make it difficult to process information. In some cases, it may also cause you to fall asleep or otherwise make it impossible to keep your eyes on the road.
What are some signs of reckless driving?
You cannot prevent others from driving recklessly. However, you can take steps to keep your distance from unsafe motorists and reduce your risk of a car accident. If you see a vehicle changing lanes without using its turn signal, it may be a clue that the driver is talking on the phone or otherwise distracted. If you see a vehicle starting, stopping or turning erratically, it may be because it’s being operated by an impaired motorist.
Proving that the defendant is negligent in causing an accident to occur will be the key to obtaining a favorable outcome in your case. Cellphone records, police reports and other evidence may be used to establish that this is true in your proceeding.