Aggressive Baltimore Injury Attorneys Represent Accident Victims Injured by Reckless Drivers
Speed is a dangerous factor on the road
Exceeding the speed limit, distractions inside or outside of the vehicle, fatigue and disregard for the rules of the road can all lead to accidents. Accidents caused by reckless drivers are more likely to cause serious damage, injury, and death. At the Baltimore personal injury law firm of Mallon & McCool, LLC, our attorneys work hard to make sure careless drivers are held accountable for their actions and the injuries they cause.
Understanding reckless driving
According to the 2013 America’s Best Drivers Report, the #1 and #2 cities with the most reckless drivers are Washington, D.C., followed by Baltimore. Statistically, motor vehicle drivers, cyclists or pedestrians are more than twice as likely to get into an accident due to the actions of a reckless driver in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metro area. But what is reckless driving? Maryland law identifies reckless driving as operating a motor vehicle:
- In wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
- In a manner that indicates a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property
Common examples of reckless driving
When you’re on the road, it’s important to be aware of the different cases of reckless driving you can encounter. Irresponsible drivers pose a variety of threats on the road, including:
- Speeding. When a driver is outpacing the rest of traffic, they often pull quick maneuvers such as lane changes or turns and can lose control of their vehicle, colliding with yours.
- Tailgating. If someone is following you too closely, they will not have the time to avoid a rear-end collision if you stop or slow unexpectedly, causing vehicle damage and likely whiplash.
- Racing. When drivers are focused on beating another driver on the road, they aren’t focused on traffic patterns or signage on the roads, and risk sideswiping or colliding with other vehicles. They may also make risky maneuvers which could lead to a devastating head-on collision.
- Running stop signs or traffic lights. A driver may think he or she has time to cross an intersection, but if other drivers expect to have the right of way, an accident can become unavoidable.
- Failing to use turn signals. An unexpected turn or lane change from a fellow driver can make you lose control of your vehicle, run you off the road, or cause an accident.
- Failing to yield right of way. If a driver does not give you the space you expect when merging onto a roadway, it can create unsafe conditions with cars too close to one another for their speed, or result in a direct collision.
- Drunk driving. Intoxicated drivers don’t have the reaction time or focus to safely navigate roadways, and put all other drivers at risk of a fatal accident.
- Fatigued driving. While not chemically induced, fatigued drivers suffer from slowed reactions and limited attentiveness, just like drunk drivers and are frequently involved in rear-end and side-impact collisions.
- Distracted driving. Holding a conversation, adjusting a car’s settings or trying to eat or drink while driving all take a driver’s attention away from the road, putting other drivers like you at risk of being hit or run off the road.
- Using a cell phone while driving. Whether texting or talking without a hands-free device, cell phones take a driver’s hands off the wheel and take their eyes off the road, making it impossible to follow the rules of the road and the patterns of traffic.
- Improper lane usage. Drivers who use the breakdown lane for travel, attempt to pass using the opposing traffic lane, or even use the fast lane as a slow lane or vice versa are all performing unexpected maneuvers with their car, and may hit another car who is using his/her lanes properly.
- Passing on the right. Even if there is plenty of space ahead and behind a vehicle, drivers never expect to be passed on the right, and in many cases will move to the right to allow a driver to pass them, causing a high incidence of sideswiping and rear-end collisions when a reckless driver attempts to pass.
- Cutting off vehicles. In this case, a reckless driver creates all the risks of a tailgater by putting his/her car at an unsafe distance in front of another car. This may cause you to slow down unexpectedly, or not have time to avoid a rear-end hit if he/she slows down or stops.
- Performing 180-degree turns. Even the fastest U-turns take time to perform, and if it is not a safe or legal place to do so, oncoming or following vehicles are forced to hit the turning car or swerve to avoid them, creating dangerous conditions in either case.
How to prove a reckless driving case
If you can prove a driver involved in an accident was driving recklessly, it is like that most, if not all, liability will fall on them. Unfortunately, proving disregard for others’ safety is a matter of proving the driver’s state of mind, which is a very subjective matter. Some questions to consider:
- Was the driver distracted?
- Were their actions the result of another driver?
- Were road conditions poor?
Any of these factors might counter a reckless driving claim and hurt your chances of getting compensation for your injuries. And, because of these challenges, it becomes the responsibility of your attorney to argue the facts and prove that a driver made a conscious decision to ignore the rules of the road.
If you are a victim suffering from injuries, vehicular damage or property damage after a reckless driving accident, getting you maximum compensation is our priority. Our accident attorneys are well-versed in proving reckless driving cases and have a long history of success obtaining compensation for our clients. Don’t wait, call our Baltimore office today.
Talk to a Maryland automobile accident law firm with a record of success to secure compensation after an accident
The accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC have extensive experience with automobile injury claims, and when a reckless driver is responsible for your pain and suffering, we make it our top priority to see that you are compensated for the damages. You can reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. We work on a contingency basis, which means our firm does not receive any fees unless we recover compensation for you.