Reckless Driving: How to Avoid an Accident with a Negligent Driver

Reckless Driving: How to Avoid an Accident with a Negligent Driver

Reckless Driving: How to Avoid an Accident with a Negligent Driver

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“It turns out that speeding irresponsibly in a large truck… is one of the greatest sins in the Universe….” – Craig Ferguson, Between the Bridge and the River

This quotation by Craig Ferguson, while possibly meant “tongue-in-cheek”, highlights the seriousness and dangers of irresponsible driving. Consequently, the reckless driving laws in California, as with all other US states need to be strict in both their theory and application. There can and should be very little leniency towards drivers who are caught driving recklessly.

What is reckless driving? 

According to www.uslegal.com, reckless driving “refers to driving with a wilful or wanton disregard for safety.” And, it can be divided up into the following categories: speeding, aggressive driving, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), tailgating (driving too close to the vehicle in front), erratic driving, and passing illegally.

Furthermore, reckless and negligent driving can result in serious consequences, including severe injury to, or the death of, other road users.

Finally, here are several statistics highlighting the seriousness and danger of driving recklessly:

  • Speeding: Accidents linked to speeding drivers cost circa 40.4 billion USD every year. Speeding has also been highlighted as the cause of over one-third of all motor vehicle accidents in the USA. Finally, driving too fast resulted in than a quarter of all traffic deaths in 2016.
  • Aggressive driving: sixty-six percent of all fatal traffic accidents are caused by aggressive driving. Two percent of other drivers have admitted to attempting to run the aggressive driver off the road. And, over one-third of all aggressive driving incidents have included firearms.

Avoiding a reckless driver

Thus, it is safe to assume that it is a good idea not to get caught up in the chaos caused by a reckless and negligent driver. Here is the most important tip to help you travel safely on the world’s roads.

Drive defensively

According to Driversed.com, defensive driving is a set of driving skills and techniques that can be learned to allow drivers to avoid collisions by looking ahead, keeping their eyes moving, and checking the rear-view mirror and side mirrors constantly; thereby, being alerted early enough to potential hazards so that they can be avoided.

Furthermore, be hyper-aware of the other drivers and road users on the public roads. Expect them to do the unexpected. And, it is equally important not to make assumptions about another driver’s actions or behaviours. Respect other road users. And, finally, plan ahead to cover all unexpected scenarios.

Final thoughts

Unfortunately, we are currently living in a world where the population growth rate is exploding, especially in third-world countries. As of October 2019, the world’s population is estimated to be 7.7 billion people. As an aside, it is interesting to note that it took more than 200 000 years for the global community to reach 1 billion people and only 200 years for the number of people living on the earth to explode to 7.7 billion people. Thus, the roadways are becoming increasingly overcrowded as a result of urbanisation. And, more people using public roads translates into the potential for more road accidents.

Elmer Louise

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