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What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is an overarching term that covers numerous negligent actions on the road. While many will look at reckless driving and only think of intoxication, distractions, speeding, and fatigue, other actions can fall under this term. Below, we will detail some of the different actions that can fall under reckless driving and what you can do if you suffer injuries in a crash.

Street Racing

Far too often, drivers look to their side and see other vehicles like theirs and feel the need to show each other up by going faster than one another. Street racing is not only illegal, but it can also lead to severe crashes that result in long-term damages, and it’s vital to recognize who you may hold accountable.

Swerving Through Traffic

Swerving because of an impairment is one issue; some drivers cut in and out of traffic constantly to try and reach their destination faster. Unfortunately, this type of driving can cause the negligent driver to cut too close and potentially crash into someone else in the process.


Tailgating occurs when one driver is following too closely behind someone else. Safety is a top priority, and giving at least one car space every 10 miles per hour is recommended. So, a driver traveling 60 miles per hour should provide the driver in front of them at least 6 car lengths. Driving too close to someone else reduces reaction time and creates numerous dangers.

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving can also be known as road rage, which often occurs in traffic or when one driver feels another driver has cut them off. Aggressive driving can include brake checking, trying to get another driver’s attention, or otherwise causing an altercation that can lead to a severe crash.

If you suffer injuries in a crash resulting from someone else’s negligence, know that our firm can help you. At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we commit to helping you with the complex legal matters that can arise. Our Austin car accident lawyers are ready to be your partners through it all to pursue the compensation you deserve.

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