Errors committed while driving often prove to be too costly; many of these result to damaged properties, injuries and lost lives. Though drivers want safety on the road and think that all other drivers ought to observer traffic safety rules, these same drivers confess violating at least a couple of rules occasionally, yet believe that the violation they commit will not result to danger.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top four causes of car crash in the United States are drunk-driving, speeding, reckless driving and distracted driving. These are driver errors which, by the way, cause more than 90% of all motor vehicle crashes. Reckless driving, in particular, is committed through the following acts:

  • Failure to slow down or stop on red lights or stop signs
  • Failure to use signal lights
  • Tail-gaiting
  • Overtaking an ambulance or a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading passengers;
  • Driving above speed limit in parking areas and public roads;
  • Maneuvering improperly;
  • Overtaking another vehicle on a one lane road or overtaking two vehicles simultaneously on a highway by driving in the lane of on-coming traffic or on the shoulder;
  • Drowsing off while driving, driving the opposite direction on a one-way street, and parking in a highway;
  • Passing a car where the view of oncoming traffic is obstructed, like on a curve or on the crest of a hill;
  • Driving a vehicle that has defective parts, like faulty brakes or worn out tires.

A reckless driver, as defined under U.S. laws, is a person who willfully and wantonly disregards the safety of persons and properties. Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation because it is a threat to people’s lives and properties. People who will be caught driving recklessly can face fines and imprisonment, depending on the severity of their offense.

Because a car accident injury can leave victims facing serious financial troubles due to medical treatment expenses and property repair costs combined with lost wages, a Columbia personal injury lawyer says that victims have all the legal right to bring the at-fault driver and his or her insurance company to trial, when necessary.