Reckless Driving: What Benefit does it Really Provide?

That reckless drivers are good drivers may not be a remote possibility – for it will require great driving skills to be able to weave through traffic, more so to counter its flow. But besides great driving skills which reckless drivers (probably) have, they also possess a couple of other things that many other motorists do not (and hopefully will never) have: the willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and properties.

Reckless driving is just about that. It is nothing more than sheer lack of respect for others and the law. Why? Because drivers know fully well if they are behaving recklessly on the road since being reckless was definitely not the style they were taught and trained to develop in the driving school they attended prior to earning their driver’s license. And while the ages of those guilty of driving recklessly range between 16 and more than 60, records from both the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that the ones most prone to this irresponsible behavior are drivers aged between 16 and 19. Every year, as many as 292,000 teen drivers are given emergency treatment in hospitals due to injuries, while about 2,650 others never get to see a new day again.

(Just) this April 22, 2015, a Toyota Prius, driven by a female teen, collided with a truck, which carried three foreign senior citizens (residing in Stockton), along Highway 50 near Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento. The accident, which claimed all four lives, occurred before 2:30 a.m. The three men were on their way home, after hanging out in a casino in Placer County, when their vehicle was said to have been hit by the speeding Prius that was also being driven on the wrong side of the highway.

Accidents and injuries due to reckless driving are totally preventable since people know and can control what they are doing. Often, victims and their families, as well as traffic enforcers are left wondering and asking what could be so important that would make it worth compromising the safety of others.

A recent University of Illinois study (on how the teenage brain functioned) that was authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Eva Telzer showed teenagers’ likelihood of making irresponsible decisions even while behind the wheel, except when their mother was riding with them. The study included a simulated risk-taking driving course wherein the participants were asked to drive alone and then in the presence of their mother. The results showed that when mom was present, the teens drove more responsibly, but, alone, running a yellow light seemed more exciting, despite the risk.

In whatever part of the US a person lives, being an innocent victim in an accident due to reckless driving may entitle you to compensation from the guilty party for whatever damages the injury will result to. This includes cost of medical treatment and loss of income due to days off of work. Other states also consider the emotional trauma suffered by the victim, disability or disfigurement (if the injury results to such), loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, which is possible if the accident results to deprivation of the benefits of family relationship, and so forth.

Because the complexity of the law, the preparation of necessary documents, pursuing the best legal option and presenting the most convincing arguments that will uphold your rights, as a victim, may prove too stressful and complex, seeking the help of an Oklahoma car accident lawyer should, therefore, be a move that you make. In all US states there is a statutory time for filing a civil lawsuit that will help you receive the compensation that the law entitles you to receive; allow your car accident lawyer to give you all the assistance that you need regarding these matters.

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