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Learn to identify reckless driving behaviors

Keeping yourself safe on the road is about more than just making sure your vehicle is in good repair and that your mind is on the task in front of you. It's also about being able to spot threats and hazards early, so you can take evasive action before a situation gets to a crisis point. This is true whether you are dealing with debris and obstacles or with other drivers who might be operating a vehicle dangerously.

Reasons for reckless driving

There are three main reasons for reckless driving behaviors:

  • Aggressive driving: This happens when drivers are stressed and begin trying to take shortcuts at the expense of other motorists. It can include passive actions like tailgating or aggressively passing, as well as "road rage" incidents.
  • Driving while under the influence: Many reckless drivers are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, although a good number of those who are also believe that they have not consumed enough to affect their driving.
  • Distracted driving: Using devices, talking to passengers, or even trying to accomplish manual tasks like eating or adjusting one's makeup all contribute to dangerous driving behaviors and can lead to accidents as well.

Signs of reckless driving behavior

Regardless of the reasons, reckless driving tends to include a few of the following behaviors:

  • Swerving/inability to stay in a lane
  • Rapid speed changes for no discernable reason
  • Lane changes without signaling
  • Tailgating
  • Passing in no-passing zones
  • Ignoring traffic signs or signals

What to do

If you encounter a driver who is exhibiting multiple reckless driving behaviors at once, the best thing to do is to get out of the way. Consumer Reports advises that drivers pull over and wait for the vehicle to leave the area. In the same article, readers are advised to use discretion when reporting reckless driving to the authorities and to remember that 911 is reserved for true emergencies where someone could be hurt or has been hurt. To report less urgent incidents, use the local police contact numbers for non-emergency situations.

If you are in an accident

If you are in an accident that is the result of someone else's reckless driving behavior, you may have a claim for damages that can help you get compensation to cover your medical expenses and material damages. One of the best ways to know for sure is to consult at the soonest opportunity with an experienced accident attorney who knows the ins and outs of personal injury law.

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