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Recognizing Signs of Reckless Driving and Avoiding Car Accidents

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Jacksboro, TN reckless driving accident lawyerOn January 1, 2019, four Nashville teens were injured when an 18 year old man crashed his car into a tree. After the collision, the driver and passengers were rushed to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Tragically, the driver suffered fatal injuries. 

Metro Nashville Police identified the cause of the accident as reckless driving. This form of driver negligence, which endangers all drivers on the road, encompasses a variety of activities, and it is important to be able to identify these behaviors. Understanding the dangers of reckless driving can help you avoid a dangerous motor vehicle collision

Common Forms of Reckless Driving

Every year, thousands of Americans are fatally injured due to the negligent actions of reckless drivers. As a driver, you can increase your safety if you can accurately recognize forms of reckless driving, including: 

  • Distracted Driving: Throughout 2016 alone, distracted driving claimed an incredible 3,450 lives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines distracted driving as any act that takes one’s attention away from driving. Common forms of distracted driving include using a mobile phone, eating or drinking while driving, and conversing with passengers. If you notice a distracted driver, proceed with caution and maintain a safe distance. 
  • Speeding: Excessive speeding is a factor in thousands of car accidents throughout the United States each and every year. Despite stringent laws and enforcement from police officers, the vast majority of drivers elect to drive at speeds over the legal speed limit. In 2016, more than 10,000 Americans were fatally injured due to speeding drivers. 
  • Dangerous Vehicle Operation: People often drive in a way that endangers others, taking actions such as reckless passing, tailgating, or disregarding stop lights. If you notice an aggressive driver, do not let their actions provoke you into driving aggressively in response. If you encounter a driver who is operating their vehicle illegally, it is best to safely pull over and, if necessary, contact law enforcement officials. 

Contact a Jacksboro Car Accident Lawyer 

At Coller & Evans, Attorneys at Law, our number one priority is protecting our clients. In cases of motor vehicle collisions, that means assisting our clients in ensuring that they receive the full compensation they deserve for the injuries they have suffered. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, you could face costly medical bills, expensive physical therapy visits, and substantial loss of work hours. Fortunately, our experienced legal team is here to help. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County personal injury attorney, call our office today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2019/01/01/antioch-car-crash-crossings-boulevard/2459801002/

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

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