Reckless Driving Causes Car Accidents
90% of all car crashes are caused by human error including reckless driving. A 2001 study estimated that driver error contributed to 99% of all car wrecks. “Human error is the critical reason for 93% of crashes.” These statistics support the simple conclusion that reckless driving causes car crashes. The question is how many car crashes?
Reckless driving can include speeding, driving aggressively, following too close, or making unsafe decisions behind the wheel. We’ve all seen the guy who speeds past you on the shoulder of the highway. We’ve also seen the lady that cuts you off on the right to beat a light. This type of reckless driving can cause car accidents.
If you’ve been hurt by a reckless driver, Chelsie King Garza can help. Contact her online or call 713-893-8808.
What’s Behind Driver Caused Car Crashes
Driver error that causes accidents includes distracted driving, reckless driving, overcompensating, or sleeping at the wheel. NHTSA categorizes driver error as follows:
Recognition Error – which includes:
- Failure to keep a proper lookout
- Driver distraction within the vehicle – including cell phone use, putting on make-up, passengers
- External driver distractions – rubbernecking or reading billboards
- Inattention or daydreaming
- Texting and driving
Decision Error – which includes:
- Driving too fast
- Taking a curve or turn too quickly
- Passing when unsafe or driving on the shoulder
- Following too closely
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless driving
Performance Error – which includes:
- Overcompensating in an emergency
- Poor control
- Panicking or freezing instead of reacting
Non-Performance Error – which includes:
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Heart attack or stroke
When reckless or aggressive drivers get behind the wheel, they put everyone on the road in danger. If they do end up hurting someone, they should be held accountable.
Reckless Driving is a Criminal Offense in Texas
Reckless driving carries criminal penalties in Texas, as opposed to a citation. The Texas Transportation Code defines reckless driving as operating a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”
Under the Transportation Code, reckless driving can include driving too fast for conditions. It can also include driving way over the speed limit, weaving in and out of traffic, and running red lights.
You can be charged with reckless driving on a public road or in a parking lot/parking garage. You can also be charged with reckless driving when your driving endangers others.
Contact a Houston Car Crash Attorney Handling Reckless Driving Cases
If you’ve been injured in a car crash caused by a reckless driver, you may need an attorney. A Houston car crash attorney to help level the playing field. Chelsie King Garza is here to hold the responsible driver accountable. Contact her online or call 713-893-8808.