Among the most common causes of Chicago car accidents is reckless driving.
An overwhelming percentage of car accidents are caused by driver error. Some of the most common causes of car accidents include drunk driving and distracted driving. Another common cause of car accidents that often get ignored is reckless driving. Unfortunately, many drivers engage in reckless driving without even realizing their driving habits are very dangerous. Reckless driving is a known cause of a large number of preventable car accidents. In this post, our Chicago car accident lawyers will discuss some important statistics on reckless driving, and why it is dangerous.
Reckless driving is driving with a willful disregard for safety or the operation of a motor vehicle in which the driver shows a willful disregard of consequences. In Illinois, reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime, however, it can be a felony when the driver causes bodily harm, disability, or disfigurement. According to a survey conducted by the AAA foundation for traffic safety, a startling 87 percent of drivers have engaged in reckless driving in past one month. No wonder the number of accidents occurring on our roads is still very high, and both authorities and drivers need to work together to make our roads safer.
Common Reckless Driving Habits
For the survey, AAA foundation on traffic safety questioned 2,442 drivers in the age group of 16 and above, who have drivers licenses and had driven a vehicle within the past month. The study revealed that most drivers had engaged in reckless driving behavior at least once in the past month. Some of the most common reckless driving behaviors included speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence, running red lights, drowsy driving, and not wearing a seatbelt.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each year, around 30,000 traffic fatalities are caused by distracted driving. The survey should that in the past month:
- 70 percent of the surveyed drivers spoke on the cell phone while driving, and 31 percent admitted that it was a regular habit
- 42 percent of the respondents as read texts or emails while driving, and 32 percent admitted that they typed or sent texts and emails while driving.
Each year, almost 10,000 traffic fatalities are caused by speeding. The survey showed that in the past month:
- 48 percent of the surveyed drivers admitted to exceeding freeway speed limited by 15 mph or more
- 45 percent of the respondents admitted to exceeding residential roadway speed limits by over 10mph.
This clearly shows that a lot needs to be done on our part to make roads safer for everyone and to prevent accidents. If you have injuries due to the reckless behavior or another driver, you may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Get in touch with a Chicago car wreck lawyer, who can fight to maximize your compensation while holding the responsible driver accountable for his/her actions.