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Dangers of Reckless Driving

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January 07, 2017
Edward Smith

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Dangers of Reckless Driving

I’m Ed Smith, a Merced auto accident attorney. Have you ever encountered or witnessed reckless driving during your commute on the road? Reckless driving is becoming a problem in modern day society due to lack of efforts through acknowledgement. If the problem remains unaddressed, the new generation of drivers alongside the older generation will encounter endless accidents involving reckless driving.

What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is a form of aggressive driving behavior where a driver operates a motor vehicle in an aggressive or reckless demeanor. With this type of driving behavior, drivers not only risks their own lives and the occupants in their own vehicle but it also creates a safety concern for the lives of other people traveling along the roadway.

Reckless Driving Subcategories

In California, drivers that engage in reckless driving behaviors may be held liable for their actions. California Vehicle Code Section 23100-23135 defines reckless driving and the actions that may be taken against a reckless driver.

The following terms are subcategories of reckless driving:

Reckless Driving Statistics in Merced

In the city of Merced, 323 accidents have taken place for the year of 2015 alone. The accidents in Merced caused by the Primary Collision Factor (PCF) violations linked to reckless driving consist of the following:

  • Driving or Bicycling Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drug: 26 – 8%
  • Following Too Closely: 5 – 1.5%
  • Improper Turning: 40 – 12.4%
  • Traffic Signs and Signals: 30 – 9.3%
  • Unsafe Lane Change: 4 – 1.2%
  • Unsafe Speed: 66 – 20.4%
  • Unsafe Starting or Backing: 11 – 3.4%
  • Wrong Side of Road: 16 – 5%

Due to these reckless driving accidents in Merced, they have caused injuries to 430 victims. Out of these 430 innocent victims, 4 of them suffered from fatal injuries.

Injuries Caused by Reckless Driving

The types of injuries that are caused by reckless driving is extensive. The only similarity with all injuries that result from these types of accidents is that they are completely avoidable. These injuries can propose a catastrophic effect on the victims involved in these types of accidents leaving them with financial and psychological stress. The following injuries can result from a reckless driving accident:

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