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Reckless Drivers Put Everyone at Risk. If You Were Hurt, We Can Help

July 16, 2021
  1. 1. Understanding Alabama Reckless Driving
  2. 2. What Causes Reckless Driving?
  3. 3. What to Do if You Were Hurt by a Dangerous Driver in Alabama
  4. 4. Hurt by a Reckless Driver? Don’t Wait to Contact Our Firm

Every day, reckless drivers put other motorists in harm’s way. When drivers get behind the wheel without regard for others’ safety, it puts everyone at risk—especially when those drivers make mistakes that lead to a crash.

Reckless driving has no place on Alabama roads. To learn more about reckless driving in Alabama, road rage, and what to do if you were hurt by a reckless driver, keep reading.

Understanding Alabama Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a common traffic offense in the state of Alabama.

Alabama considers reckless driving to be any person that:

According to research data from the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation, 63% of crashes in 2019 (a staggering 99,883 collisions in total) were caused by reckless driving. This includes:

To make matters worse, many drivers feel a false sense of empowerment when they get behind the wheel. At times, reckless drivers will verbally threaten other drivers or use obscene hand gestures. This intimidation is never acceptable, and it only makes a bad situation worse, especially when there is a crash.

What Causes Reckless Driving?

There’s no excuse for people to drive recklessly. And yet, every day, someone makes a poor choice behind the wheel. So, what influences these dangerous choices? Some common factors that can contribute to reckless driving include:

Despite these factors, the truth is that when people get on the road, they’re responsible for their actions. And when those actions cause a crash and hurt someone, injured people deserve to recover.

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Is Road Rage Considered Reckless Driving?

People often confuse reckless driving with road rage. However, there is a huge difference between the two; reckless driving is a traffic offense while road rage is categorized as a criminal offense that could be punishable by jail time. When a driver uses a motor vehicle as a weapon, or an assault is precipitated by a situation that happened on the road, it is considered road rage under Alabama law.

Unfortunately, road rage has claimed the lives of many people in the U.S.

If you were injured in an Alabama road rage incident, you may be eligible to seek legal action against the person who hurt you.

What to Do if You Were Hurt by a Dangerous Driver in Alabama

If you were involved in a crash with a reckless driver, there are a few steps you can take to protect your case.

Hurt by a Reckless Driver? Don’t Wait to Contact Our Firm

If you or a family member has sustained an injury in a reckless driving crash, may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Accident victims may be able to take home financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage.

Our personal injury attorneys at Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured individuals. We have helped numerous accident victims obtain compensation for their losses and are ready to help you today.

To get started, all you need to need to do is request a free consultation. Someone on our team can meet with you in private at one of our convenient office locations, your home, the hospital, or wherever is most comfortable. In this completely free and private meeting, we’ll hear your story and offer practical advice about what to do next. To request your free consultation with our law firm, fill out our quick and convenient online form or call us at 251-888-8888.

 

References

Alabama Department of Transportation. (2019). 2019 Alabama Crash Facts. Retrieved from https://www.caps.ua.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/CrashFacts_2019.pdf

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

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