Dangerous Reckless Driving Behaviors
Attorneys Helping Victims of Reckless Drivers in Bergen and Hudson Counties
Reckless driving is a persistent problem in Hudson and Bergen Counties, and throughout New Jersey. Every day, reckless drivers are responsible for causing numerous accidents, and in many cases, these accidents leave innocent victims with serious – and sometimes fatal – injuries.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed by a reckless driver, it is extremely important that you stand up for your legal rights. In this article, we highlight five common examples of reckless driving that often entitle accident victims to seek financial compensation.
Five Examples of Reckless Driving that Frequently Lead to Dangerous Collisions
Here are five all-too-common examples of reckless driving practices that frequently lead to injurious and deadly car accidents:
- Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit. Speeding is consistently among the leading causes of vehicle collisions. Speeding increases braking distance, decreases maneuverability, and reduces the amount of reaction time that drivers have to avoid sudden dangerous scenarios on the road.
- Driving Too Fast for Weather Conditions. Even driving at (or below) the posted speed limit can be dangerous in poor weather conditions. Here in New Jersey, we get snow, ice, hurricanes, and everything in between. Drivers who fail to adjust their driving behaviors to account for precipitation are frequently to blame in serious weather-related collisions.
- Weaving Through Traffic. Weaving is another common form of reckless, aggressive driving. Drivers who weave through lanes of traffic on the interstate frequently cause both sideswipe and rear-end collisions.
- Tailgating. Tailgating is both dangerous and completely unnecessary. As a general rule, drivers should leave a two- to three-second buffer between their cars and the vehicles in front of them. By tailgating, reckless drivers virtually ensure that they are going to cause a rear-end collision if there is a sudden back-up or emergency on the road ahead.
- Running Red Lights and Stop Signs. Finally, drivers who run red lights and stop signs put both themselves and others in harm’s way. Entering an intersection without the right-of-way is extremely dangerous (especially at high speeds), and it leaves unsuspecting, law-abiding drivers essentially helpless to avoid suffering serious injuries in a T-bone or head-on collision.
What if the Reckless Driver Who Hit Me Fled the Scene of the Accident?
If the reckless driver who hit you fled the scene of the accident, there are still a number of potential ways to hold him or her accountable. In hit-and-run accidents, a prompt investigation can often uncover witnesses, traffic camera video, and other evidence that can then be used to track down the at-fault driver. Even if the investigation proves unsuccessful, you may be able to collect benefits under your own underinsured/uninsured motorist insurance policy.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer
If you would like more information about pursuing a claim for financial compensation in a reckless driving accident in Hudson County or Bergen County, we invite you to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us online or call (201) 254-8484 today.