How can drivers avoid a reckless driving accident? What steps can motorists take to protect themselves behind the wheel? Reckless driving takes many forms and includes speeding, driving while distracted, drowsy driving, etc. Motorists in Kansas can protect themselves by learning how to recognize the signs of a reckless driver and steering clear of the danger.
Avoid "The Speed Demon"
In 2017, 8,856 drivers caused fatal accidents because they were driving too fast for conditions, driving faster than the posted speed limit, or racing. This form of reckless driving accounted for 16.9% of all motor vehicle fatality accidents. Motorists can avoid these accidents by allowing these drivers to pass and by not engaging them when challenged to a race.
Remember that Drugs, Drinking, and Driving Don't Mix
In 2017, 5,507 drivers in deadly accidents were under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or prescription medication. This was 10.5% of all drivers involved in a fatal collision that year. Motorists should stay alert for vehicles that are swerving, not maintaining their position in the lane, and drivers who fail to signal. When encountered, motorists should stay well behind the car and report the driver to the Kansas Highway Patrol at *47, or local police by calling 911.
Stay Alert for Sleepy Motorists
Drowsy driving is a growing problem. In 2017, 1,306 drowsy drivers caused a fatal motor vehicle accident. However, the actual number is likely significantly higher. Drowsy drivers exhibit many of the same behaviors as drugged or drunk drivers and should be handled the same way and reported to law enforcement.
Watch the Weather
Drivers can't control the weather, but they can control how they drive in adverse weather conditions that obscure their vision. Driving too fast in limited visibility conditions can result in a reckless driving charge. In 2017, 1,581 reckless drivers were involved in accidents caused by diminished vision.
Read the Signs of the Road
2,095 drivers involved in fatal accidents in 2017 didn't heed warning signs or chose to ignore red lights and other traffic signals and signs. Motorists can help prevent accidents caused by illegal u-turns, red light accidents, etc. by avoiding distractions while driving. Drivers should scan the road continuously and adjust driving behaviors to comply with posted signage and traffic signals.
Stay off the Phone
2,994 drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in 2017 were talking, texting, eating, or fiddling with objects at the time of the crash. These are easily avoidable behaviors. Drivers should police their own actions and report drivers who are texting or talking while driving to law enforcement.
Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Our firm represents clients injured by reckless drivers in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Day or night, holidays or weekends, we are available to give you the answers you need. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.