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What to do when you encounter a reckless driver

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The laws that apply to those who drive recklessly as well as the individuals who are responsible for their behavior, are in place to protect everyone else who has to share the roads with these reckless drivers in Ohio. Unfortunately, some still choose to drive in a way that puts others at risk, and it’s not uncommon for this to lead to injuries.

When is it officially reckless driving?

When people behave irresponsibly on the road while they’re in traffic, they endanger not only themselves but others as well. With all motor vehicle accidents, drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike may sustain severe injuries.

It’s important to understand what classifies someone’s driving as reckless legally so you’ll know what to do if you’ve been injured. Reckless driving is legally defined as someone who is consciously or unmistakeably disregarding everyone else’s wellbeing in the way they operate a motor vehicle. They’re driving in a way that clearly shows not only that the individual is aware that their behavior endangers others, but they also don’t care.

Recklessness behind the wheel depends largely on context, and as such, it changes depending on the situation. The full scope of driving conditions must be considered to determine if someone’s behavior on the road constitutes reckless driving.

One common example is when another driver tailgates or follows too closely. A safe following distance varies depending on the speed and weather conditions, such as fog or icy roads.

Avoid them if possible

When an aggressive driver comes into your life, it’s not always clear what to do about it. The safest thing you can do is always avoid the situation altogether and steer clear of them. Go slow and be as cautious as possible.

Unfortunately, that’s not always possible; when someone else drives recklessly, all too often, others pay the price. These types of accidents can lead to a variety of injuries, including shoulder, spine, neck and head.