Reckless driving can be devastating to drivers and passengers on Tennessee roads. Many car accidents are caused by this dangerous practice, which can manifest in different ways.
What is reckless driving, and what are some examples of it?
Reckless driving is any type of behavior behind the wheel that is considered dangerous. Speeding or racing is a huge concern that could pose serious risks to anyone on sharing the road with the offending driver.
Aggressive driving and road rage are prime examples of reckless driving. A driver might tailgate, shout and curse at other drivers, illegally pass another vehicle, ignore road signs and signals and even follow another car to perpetrate an act of violence.
Driving under the influence creates a dangerous situation for everyone. If a person drives while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, their judgment, reaction time and ability to safely operate a vehicle is significantly reduced. A person can even be considered under the influence if their blood alcohol concentration is under the legal limit.
What injuries are common after a reckless driving accident?
The impact of a reckless driving accident can be severe. Victims are often left with catastrophic injuries and costly medical expenses. Traumatic brain injuries are common because the at-fault driver often travels at dangerously high speeds. Spinal cord injuries are also common. Both of these types of injuries may be permanent and require ongoing medical care for the rest of the person’s life.
Sprains, strains and bruising could occur with soft tissue injuries. Sometimes, the victim suffers a tear that causes chronic pain for the rest of their lifetime.
Disfigurement is life-changing and often happens after a reckless driving accident. These injuries usually occur when a crash leads to a rollover or a fire.
If you have suffered serious injuries in a car accident caused by a reckless driver, it’s your right to hold that person liable.