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Reckless driving and car crashes

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2022 | blog, car accidents |

Everyone on Minnesota’s roads deserves to be safe. Unfortunately, reckless drivers can cause serious car crashes that result in catastrophic injuries.

What is reckless driving?

Reckless driving occurs when a driver fails to take the necessary precautions to ensure that they don’t put themselves and others at risk of a car accident. Reckless driving occurs as a result of negligence or deliberate types of aggressive driving that can increase the risk of a crash.

What are examples of reckless driving?

If a driver disregards the rules of the road and commits a variety of traffic violations, they are driving recklessly. They might run straight through a stop sign or red light. However, there are other examples of reckless driving besides that. They include the following:

  • Not using turn signals
  • Following too closely behind another vehicle or tailgating
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Distracted driving such as through the use of a cell phone to text
  • Making illegal turns or weaving in and out of lanes
  • Braking erratically
  • Speeding or racing
  • Failing to use headlights at night

Reckless driving puts everyone on the road at risk. If a car accident occurs as a result of a driver who’s reckless, it can result in serious injuries and even death.

What are common injuries stemming from reckless driving accidents?

Victims who suffer injuries from car accidents stemming from reckless driving might find their lives completely changed. Certain injuries are common after such an accident. Traumatic brain injuries can adversely affect one’s life even if the injury is temporary.

Many people involved in reckless driving crashes are left with spinal cord injuries. In the worst-case scenario, a person might be left paralyzed from the waist down or even the neck down.

Soft tissue injuries are common and can result in chronic pain due to internal tearing and bruising.

Victims injured in car accidents often suffer from broken bones. Some of these injuries might be complex such as a compound fracture. These injuries can be life-changing even though they can be treated.

Injuries sustained in a car crash due to reckless driving can be serious. Holding the liable party accountable is tantamount.