According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, reckless driving is a serious concern because it endangers everyone in the vicinity, including the driver. Most people think of reckless driving as drunk driving or joy riding, but many people drive recklessly without even knowing it. Here are some ways you could be opening yourself up to criminal prosecution or civil litigation.
Grooming and Eating
The weekday morning rush can leave you frazzled, unkempt, or hungry. A lot of people take the opportunity during the commute to use the rear view to apply make-up, comb their hair, or eat breakfast. It is estimated that at least 25% of all drivers groom or eat while driving, and that number is probably understated. In the UK, almost 500,000 car accidents yearly can be attributed to makeup application while driving.
Talking/texting on the cell phone
This is something that has been getting a great deal of attention from both legislators and advocacy groups, mostly because it is a significant contributor to the number of car collisions worldwide. It is undeniable that taking/making a call or responding to/sending a text message occupy both your attention and your hands. Even with hands-free technology, the risk of accidents happening is still high because driving requires a lot of concentration. Even with the awareness campaigns banning cellphone use while driving, more than 50% of drivers still do it.
Adjusting the GPS/radio
Getting less attention than cell phone use but just as distracting and likely to engage your attention, vision and hands is fiddling with the radio and the GPS while driving. Most drivers consider it a matter of course and inherently harmless, but anything you do while driving which distracts you by even three seconds is enough to put you and other people in harm’s way.
You don’t have to be drunk, a teenager, or an adrenaline junkie to be guilty of reckless driving. Everyone does it, but that doesn’t make it right, and even the safest drivers can become involve in accidents due to the reckless behavior of others. In such situations, car accident attorneys are often necessary to help recover your losses through civil litigation.