When reckless driving turns deadly

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Almost everyone in Connecticut has been on the receiving end of someone else’s reckless driving. Reckless driving comes in numerous forms, but in extreme cases when reckless driving turns lethal, it becomes all too clear why these traffic violations are treated so seriously.

The dangers of reckless driving

Aggressive and irresponsible driving, particularly at high speeds, is enough to take the lives of others on the road instantly. Even when the victims of these types of car crashes survive the initial collision, there are numerous cases where the other driver passes away later at the hospital or while being transported by EMTs.

Why to avoid driver fatigue

A commonly disregarded form of impaired driving that may often amount to recklessness is fatigue. If you haven’t gotten enough sleep and get behind the wheel of a car, your reflexes and decision-making are both severely impaired to the extent that you might as well be drunk driving. In a similar vein, angry driving or “road rage” is notorious for causing motor vehicle accidents.

Other types of reckless driving

It’s important to remember that the posted speed limit doesn’t always reflect the speed you should be going if conditions aren’t ideal. Some of the other most common forms of reckless driving that lead to fatalities on the road include:

  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Driving on the shoulder
  • Lane-splitting
  • Traffic weaving
  • Speeding
  • Acting out of road rage

Some people tell themselves that it’s no big deal to drive over the speed limit, follow another driver too closely or operate a vehicle while impaired. But these are the types of driving behavior that can lead to fatalities just as easily as they can a minor fender bender. It’s important for everyone to take to the road with caution to avoid an accident.