Reckless driving can cause a side-impact accident in some circumstances. Various factors can determine whether a side-impact accident occurs. For example, both the position of the vehicles involved in the accident and the actions of the drivers can affect the impact point of an accident. Likewise, the type of reckless driving involved can affect whether a side-impact accident results.
Defining Reckless Driving
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published a study in 2016, in which researchers found that 87% of all drivers had engaged in at least one risky driving behavior within the past 30 days. Many risky driving behaviors include those that fall within the general definition of reckless driving, such as:
- Excessively speeding
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Swerving between lanes or failing to maintain a lane
Many forms of reckless driving involve a major traffic violation, depending on the laws of the state involved. Reckless driving, for instance, likely would not include driving five miles over the speed limit, but it could involve driving 30 miles over the speed limit.
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Examples of Reckless Driving Leading To a Side-Impact Accident
Reckless driving can lead to a side-impact accident in various ways. For example, a reckless driver who fails to stop at a red light or stop sign could strike the side of another vehicle that is already traveling in a perpendicular manner through the intersection. This type of crash is often known as a “T-bone” crash, in which the two vehicles form a “T” shape as the front of one vehicle strikes the side of another.
Reckless driving also can lead to sideswipe accidents, which involve a side impact. In some cases, a reckless driver may fail to maintain the lane and swerve into a vehicle in the next lane, usually striking the side of the vehicle. In other cases, a driver may be recklessly swerving in and out of traffic in different lanes; eventually, the driver may swerve and strike the side of another vehicle traveling in the same direction.
Other forms of reckless driving also can lead to side-impact accidents. Excessive speeding or driving too fast for weather conditions can lead to loss of control or swerving that causes a side-impact collision. A failure to yield when merging onto a highway can also cause a side-impact crash.
Reckless Driving Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 2.3 million crashes that occurred in the United States in 2019 involved a side impact, whether one driver sideswiped or struck another vehicle at an angle. Over 668,000 of these side impact crashes resulted in bodily injuries, and almost 7,000 of those accidents were fatal.
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