How To Safely Handle Reckless Highway Drivers That Have A Need For Speed

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Florida law states that anyone who drives in a manner that willfully disregards the safety of others is guilty of reckless driving. In 2018, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 26% of total crashes involved a speeding motorist.

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When a driver drives recklessly they do so, according to Florida Law, with “wanton” meaning that they consciously and intentionally operate their vehicle with indifference to the consequences and are aware of the damage that could be caused. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a reckless driver, then consider speaking with a seasoned car accident attorney about your case.

How to determine if someone is driving recklessly?
The state will consider the following when determining if someone drove recklessly:

●       The driver’s actions behind the wheel

●       The circumstances surrounding the behaviors

●       The foreseeability of death, bodily harm, or property damage that could result

Speeding alone won’t be characterized as reckless driving unless coupled with other reckless behaviors like driving in crowded residential areas, traveling down the middle of the road, improper passing, failing to reduce speed prior to impact, disregarding the presence of children, ignoring traffic control devices, failing to look for pedestrians and other motorists, and consuming intoxicants.

Reckless Driving Penalties
Penalties vary by state and depending on the number of occurrences. A reckless driving conviction in Florida could result in the following penalties:

●       First offense with no injuries or property damage could result in a second-degree misdemeanor with up to 90 days of jail-time or 6 months probation, and fines of up to $500.

●       Second or subsequent offense carries a penalty of a second-degree misdemeanor, with a maximum of six months in prison and up to a $1,000 fine.

●       Reckless driving resulting in an injury or property damage is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable up to one year in prison or 12 months of probation, and a $1,000 fine.

●       Reckless driving that causes severe bodily injury is a third-degree felony with penalties up to five years in prison or five years of probation with fines up to $5,000.

Prevent a Reckless Driving Accident
Reckless driving is dangerous and carries very harsh penalties. Use the following strategies to avoid reckless driving accidents:

●       Awareness: Being aware of potential hazards can help you to avoid collisions. Checking your blind spots, and using your peripheral vision to observe the cars around you may help you to avoid an accident.

●       Distancing: Keeping a safe distance from other cars can help you to avoid accidents. Driving closely, or trying to pass a reckless drive,r may only exacerbate their recklessness. It’s best to maintain a distance from these types of drivers whenever possible.

●       Follow the traffic laws: Coming to a complete stop at lights and stop signs, wearing a seat belt, and following traffic regulations may not prevent others from driving recklessly but can ensure that you take all the necessary precautions.

●       Minimizing Distractions: Operating a motor vehicle requires your full attention and driving attentively, without the distractions of your mobile device, food, drinks, other passengers, or music devices, can help you to recognize hazards posthaste.

Reckless driving endangers all travelers and even though you may not be able to stop someone else from driving recklessly, you can practice safe driving techniques to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident.

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