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Reckless driving can lead to criminal charges

| Mar 16, 2019 | Car Accidents |

From traffic jams to car crashes, there are many causes for frustration on Alabama roadways. Focusing on your surroundings is vital for anticipating potential issues and keeping yourself and your passengers safe.  At The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we often represent clients injured as a result of reckless driving.

According to FindLaw, road rage and aggressive driving are not illegal in and of themselves. However, they often lead to reckless driving which is an offense. Aggressive driving occurs when a driver knowingly commits multiple moving traffic violations, endangering you, themselves and others in the immediate vicinity. This behavior leads to reckless driving, which may result in accidents and criminal charges.

Road rage causes nearly two-thirds of traffic accidents. Following traffic laws such as signaling when changing lanes, driving at reasonable speeds and remaining calm can reduce the chances of you becoming a victim of reckless driving. If you are in an accident and the other driver leaves the scene, the other car’s Emergency Assist function could notify the police automatically. This could result in several charges filed against them, including reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Reckless driving lacks the intent of aggressive driving and often begins with distractions that take a driver’s focus away from the road:

  • Texting and eating while behind the wheel
  • Making changes to the music selection
  • Talking with others in the car

If another car hits your vehicle due to these and other distractions, they may face reckless driving charges. Devastating injuries sustained in a collision can have life-altering effects on you and your loved ones. You may have grounds for a claim and receive the financial compensation necessary to cover medical and related bills. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.

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