There have been several campaigns that promote awareness of reckless driving and the safety of passengers. Yet, motor vehicle accidents continue to occur on the roads of Charleston, South Carolina, endangering the lives of innocent people.
Some of the more prevalent examples of reckless driving are:
What is reckless driving?
Reckless driving is the act of operating a vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. When an individual receives a citation for this offense, it is because they have shown a blatant disregard for the regulations of the road, and may or may not have contributed to the cause of an accident or damage to property. Frequently referred to as willfully dangerous driving, reckless driving is among the most serious traffic violations, and is usually charged as a misdemeanor. If convicted, the offender can be subject to steep fines or imprisonment.
According to the NHTSA, reckless driving is aggressive driving that consists of illegal driving behavior, such as driving in excess of the posted speed limit or driving at a rate of speed that is unreasonably fast for the conditions. It can also include incorrect or excessive lane changing, such as neglecting to signal. Additionally, it can involve incorrect passing, including failure to signal your intentions, and use of the shoulder, medium or an emergency lane to pass.
When the safety of other drivers is ignored, it can result in charges of reckless driving. Disregard for the rules of the road may lead to accidents and/or property damage. The effects of reckless driving can be deadly, resulting in severe consequences and penalties.
Most common causes of reckless driving include:
If you were involved in a car accident, it is important that you go to the hospital even if you do not feel any pain at the time of the accident. Make note of any physicians, physical therapists or other medical professionals from whom you receive treatment. Moreover, make sure that you obtain legal counsel from a motor vehicle accident attorney during the early stages of the process, and do not sign any documents, or make any statements without the approval of your attorney.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in property damage or medical expenses, call the motor vehicle accident attorneys at Steinberg Law Firm at (843)720-2800. We serve clients in Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and the neighboring areas.