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Reckless drivers and liability

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2023 | Car Accidents

The roads in Georgia can be dangerous when drivers do not follow the law. Unfortunately, some drivers are extremely reckless in their behavior. They may wantonly violate traffic rules, creating hazards that could cause accidents. If these reckless drivers cause harm to others, they can expect to face a civil lawsuit for the losses inflicted.

Reckless driving hazards

There are numerous ways a driver could be reckless behind the wheel. Speeding might be the most common violation that puts everyone at risk. When a driver travels too fast for road conditions or far above posted speed limits, stopping to avoid an accident becomes difficult. Reaction time suffers as well.

Driving violations that increase the risk of accidents include running red lights, tailgating, and weaving in and out of lanes. Drivers may develop these bad habits for various reasons, but engaging in them could lead to a serious accident.

Drunk driving continues to be a prevalent problem on America’s roads. Impaired drivers may be incapable of operating a vehicle safely. Even persons using legal substances, such as cold medicines, might suffer from cognitive issues. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol has resulted in numerous fatal accidents. This fact reveals the seriousness of this behavior.

Reckless driving consequences

Reckless drivers may face serious financial and even criminal consequences for their actions. A lawsuit could result when car accidents happen because of a driver’s negligence. A driver might not think eating or combing their hair behind the wheel is reckless, but these actions could cause a deadly accident. Civil litigation may follow any crash caused by negligent behavior.

Auto liability insurance could cover losses caused by a reckless driver. The policy may not cover punitive damages, and victims might seek such damages in a courtroom.