What Is Reckless Driving?

August 08, 2020

By Keffer Hirschauer LLP

What Is Reckless Driving?

Many car accidents are caused by negligent drivers. These are men and women who are driving while distracted or who make simple errors.

Unfortunately, a large number of accidents are also caused by reckless drivers. Unlike those who are merely negligent, reckless drivers appreciate that they are endangering people with their behavior. The problem is they don’t care. Whether they are under the grips of road rage or simply are indifferent to how their behavior impacts others, their conduct is egregious.

Examples of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving involves dangerous actions or maneuvers that endanger people on the street. Examples include:

  • Drag racing
  • Swerving
  • Passing illegally
  • Driving on the shoulder or sidewalk
  • Pulling into crowds
  • Tailgating
  • Cutting someone off
  • Excessive speed

Reckless driving can also include someone who drives after drinking or doing drugs. This person should know that their judgment and reflexes will be impaired by any substances they take. Nevertheless, they persist in getting behind the wheel of the car.

Why Reckless Driving Threatens Public Safety

Because of their dangerous behavior, reckless drivers tend to cause more serious injuries than those who are negligent. A car that is going very fast, for example, can generate more force and harm a person even more.

Reckless driving is sometimes the result of road rage. This is a sensation that many people feel when someone else cuts them off or follows too closely. The driver under road rage responds in kind, often traveling at high speeds or trying to hit the driver who has offended them. Experts explain that road rage stems from the impersonality people feel while driving and a tendency to attribute bad motives to people they don’t know.

If a driver is behaving aggressively around you, try to avoid them. Slow down or take an exit off the highway. Never get out of your car if the person approaches you but instead head to the police station or another heavily populated location, or call law enforcement.

Obtaining Compensation for a Reckless Driving Accident

Indiana law allows injured victims to get compensation when a reckless driver has hurt them, just as they can when a negligent driver causes a wreck. Someone who is reckless has not exercised reasonable care as required by the law. They will need to pay compensation to cover our client’s medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.

Our lawyers have experience pulling together solid cases to present to insurance adjusters and to support lawsuits. We can also pursue punitive damages. Indiana Code 34-51-3 allows a victim to seek punitive damages when they have clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with malicious or reckless intent. These damages can be some multiple of the compensatory damages our clients receive and are designed to punish defendants for reprehensible acts.

Has a Reckless Driver Injured You? We Can Help

Indianapolis Injury Lawyers is a leading firm with many satisfied clients. Our Indianapolis car accident attorneys have obtained settlements or court awards for those injured by a reckless or dangerous driver, and now is the time to contact us so we can look at your case.

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