Understanding the meaning of recklessness in car accidents

| Aug 8, 2019 | Car Accidents

Tragically, many people are killed or seriously injured in car accidents across the United States every year. While some instances of car wrecks were due to unforeseeable circumstances and could not have been prevented, others occur due to the sheer disregard some drivers show for the safety of others on the road.

Many different terms are used to establish fault in a car accident. These include intent, negligence, and recklessness. In this blog, we will discuss what recklessness means from a legal perspective when it is applied to car accidents.

What is recklessness in the context of driving?

Reckless driving refers to behavior that was more than simply careless. It is a type of behavior that is so dangerous that the driver knew or should have known that they were putting other people in danger as a result.

What are examples of reckless driving?

An example of reckless driving could be driving at a speed that is far beyond the legal speed limit. In this situation, the driver will have less control over the car and should know that they are putting other peoples lives in danger. Reckless driving could also include acts such as driving on the wrong side of the road, needlessly accelerating and braking without warning, swerving, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you or a loved one have been affected by the actions of a reckless driver, their acts of foolishness and disregard for others’ safety may have completely turned your life upside-down. You can benefit from learning more about your legal options as soon as possible.