Reckless driving behaviors come in various forms and fashions

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2021 | motor vehicle accidents

As you share Colorado roads with countless others, it may be easy to assume that those nearby place the same level of importance on safety. Unfortunately, this might not always be the case, and there are various circumstances in which the decisions of others could place your health in jeopardy.

While it is no secret that a collision can occur at virtually any moment, there are certain factors that may increase the chances of such a potentially disastrous outcome. Reckless driving behaviors continue to play a part in many dangerous accidents, and unfortunately, such behaviors come in a variety of forms.

Dangerous behaviors

Studies suggest that those who exhibit reckless behavior while driving show either an indifference or lack of respect to the safety of others. Some types of reckless behavior to watch out for as you travel to and from your destinations could involve:

  • Impairment: Impaired driving can be exceedingly dangerous, and such reckless behavior continues to be one of the most common causes of dangerous or fatal car accidents.
  • Distraction: Distracted drivers can travel several hundred feet in the time it takes to read or write a text message, and as such, drivers who fail to maintain focus on the road run the risk of creating a dangerous scenario.
  • Speeding: Excessive speeding is another common form of reckless behavior, and drivers who operate a vehicle at excessive speeds may find it exceedingly difficult to react to various scenarios.
  • Tailgating: Tailgating can also be hazardous as failing to allow sufficient spacing while driving can severely inhibit driver reaction times, and it can even act as a means of intimidation to other drivers.

Drivers who fail to adhere to traffic laws may run a greater risk of causing a collision, and should you encounter such an individual, you may find it nearly impossible to react quickly enough to escape the impending danger.

After a crash

If another driver’s actions cause a major collision, causing you to suffer serious injuries in the process, you might find the fallout of the incident difficult to accept. With the high costs of medical care and any other hardships that can stem from a similar experience, the incident could also leave you facing significant financial challenges. Seeking advice on your available legal avenues could prove vital to helping you protect your financial future as you prepare to navigate through the recovery period.