As a driver, you can only control the decisions that you make. Unfortunately, you don’t have the ability to control what other drivers are doing. For this reason, you could be involved in an accident even when you’re paying attention and following every rule of the road.
One of your primary concerns should be reckless driving. This comes into play when another driver acts in a reckless manner, often leading to a serious accident. Some of the most common forms of reckless driving include:
- Speeding or driving too fast based on the current conditions of the road.
- Excessive lane changing, such as during rush hour traffic or on the highway.
- Improper passing, including the use of the shoulder or failing to signal.
- Neglecting to stop at a traffic light or stop sign.
As you can see, all of these acts of reckless driving are extremely dangerous. Imagine this scenario: You’re driving down the highway and somebody passes you on the shoulder. This can have serious consequences, such as causing a multi-vehicle accident.
As a driver, you always do your best to keep an eye out for others who are not obeying the rules of the road or those who are making questionable decisions. Even so, this doesn’t guarantee your safety.
If you’re involved in an accident with somebody who was driving in a reckless manner, it’s important to contact the police. The officer can create a report based on the circumstances of the crash. This will work in your favor in the future as you attempt to receive compensation.