Driving in the state of Virginia is a privilege, not a right. When a person is issued a driver’s license, they agree to abide by the all the rules of the road and to practice safe driving behaviors. But the number of vehicle accidents that happened every day in this country is testament that there are just too many drivers who make negligent and reckless decisions when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle There are too many crashes that happen because of reckless or erratic driving, causing the deaths of almost 2,000 people every year.
Common Causes of Reckless Driving
Driving under the Influence: One of the main reasons a person drives erratically or takes reckless chances as they are driving is because they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. These substances greatly affect a person’ ability to drive, causing slower reaction times and hampering cognizant abilities.
Speeding: Every road has a speed limit. There is a reason for this. Driving too fast puts everyone on the road in danger, including other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. When a person is driving too fast, they may not be able to slow down or stop in time, like in a sudden traffic jam. Accidents that involve speeding are often more severe because of the force of the impact when the crash occurs.
Distracted Driving: Despite the number of laws and public education against engaging in distracted driving behaviors, the number of these types of accidents continues to increase. In addition to using handheld devices, there are other ways that drivers lose focus on the road around them, including eating, talking to passengers, adjusting mirrors, temperature controls, or radio.
Drowsy Driving: Getting behind the wheel when you are fatigued is just as dangerous – and reckless – as driving when you have been drinking. Unfortunately, the busy demands of everyday life leave many adults suffering from sleep deprivation. Fatigued driving is also a major cause of tractor-trailer accidents due to the number of hours truck drivers spend on the road, trying to meet almost impossible delivery schedules.
Tailgating: Following the vehicle in front of you will not get you to your destination any faster. In fact, there is a strong likelihood your arrival will be delayed since tailgating is one of the most common causes of rear-end collisions. When you are driving behind another vehicle, apply the three-second rule. Pick a marker ahead, like a tree or sign, and once the car in front of you passes the item, begin counting. There should be a delay of at least three seconds before you pass the item. If someone is tailgating you, change to the next lane or pull over (when it is safe to so) to let the other driver pass.
Let a Carolinas Personal Injury Attorney Help
If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by someone who was driving recklessly or erratic, contact a North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the driver for your pain and loss.