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The serious problem of reckless driving in California

by | Apr 6, 2021 | Automobile Accidents

Driving is a privilege enjoyed by many Southern California residents. After taking the requisite classes and tests, a person may earn the right to drive by obtaining their driver’s license. However, securing a driver’s license does not mean that an individual will be allowed to drive forever without restriction. If a driver violates the law, they may have their license revoked or suspended.

Unfortunately, when drivers engage in the types of behaviors that result in revocations and suspensions, they are putting other motorists in harm’s way. Driving negligently generally involves failing to drive as a reasonable person would in the driver’s situation. Driving recklessly, though, can mean driving without regard for the safety of others.

This post will examine reckless driving from a risk and injury perspective. In California, reckless driving is a legally sanctionable offense, but a ticket or arrest does not relieve a reckless driver from civil liability for the injuries they inflict on others. No part of this post should be read as legal advice, but readers may take this information to their trusted personal injury attorneys.

What is reckless driving?

Reckless driving is included in the California Code. When a person drives with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” they may be guilty of reckless driving. When a driver disregards their duty of care to others, they become a danger to themselves and to others.

What does reckless driving look like on California roads?

Responsible drivers may see reckless drivers on streets and highways throughout Southern California. They may be the drivers excessively speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on the freeway. They may be the drivers engaged in street racing through neighborhoods at night. Reckless driving may also happen when drivers make dangerous maneuvers, such as blind turns, when oncoming traffic is present.

What can drivers do to avoid reckless drivers?

There are proactive steps that drivers can take when they see reckless drivers near them. They can stay out of the reckless drivers’ way and let them pass. They can give reckless drivers plenty of room due to their erratic and unpredictable operating style. They may also, if possible to do so legally, contact authorities about the presence of reckless drivers on streets and highways.

What can a driver do if they are hurt by a reckless driver?

Injuries caused in reckless driving accidents can be serious. Whenever a victim is harmed in a motor vehicle accident, they should be prepared to learn about their rights and their options under the law for securing compensation for their injuries. Victims of reckless driving accidents can contact attorney Aman Shah for support and representation on their personal injury claims.