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Why reckless driving is so dangerous

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

No one on the roads in Alaska expects to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, they can happen when a driver is reckless. If a reckless driver injures you, it could change your life.

The severity of reckless driving accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reckless driving is a major factor in fatal car accidents. There are a variety of behaviors a person can exhibit when they engage in reckless driving. Speeding is one of the most common and one of the most dangerous. Traveling at speeds much higher than the legal speed limit can pose risks for everyone. It can make it more difficult to stop when necessary, significantly increasing the crash risk.

Tailgating is a form of reckless driving that can result in a rear-end accident. Other types of reckless driving include weaving erratically in and out of lanes, cutting other vehicles off, ignoring traffic signs and lights and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some reckless drivers even drive on the shoulder of the road, which is normally only acceptable in certain situations.

Injuries caused by reckless driving accidents

Certain injuries are very common after a reckless driving accident. Usually, they are catastrophic in nature due to the severe impact such accidents produce. A traumatic brain injury is one of the most common examples. These injuries can vary in severity from mild to severe and could be temporary or permanent.

Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis from the waist down or neck down. Some victims may be lucky enough to only suffer temporary injuries that can resolve with continuous medical treatment and physical therapy while others might be left permanently disabled.

Broken bones commonly occur when a person has been in a reckless driving accident involving speeding. Sometimes, victims can suffer compound fractures where the bone is out of place or even sticking through the skin.

If a victim files a personal injury claim against a reckless driver and is successful, they could recover damages. Those might include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.