While driving down the highway you may see a vehicle quickly cross over several lanes in order to make their exit. But how much of a risk for a car accident does this type of maneuver pose? Idaho State Police reported a driver traveling northbound on I-15 near Idaho Falls driving in the left lane when they quickly crossed over all lanes to make the exit. However, instead of exiting the highway they caused a car accident with a vehicle that was traveling in the right lane. Both vehicles went through the guardrail on the right side of the roadway and down the embankment. One vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the car accident. The exit ramp was blocked for about three hours as crews investigated and cleared the accident.
Missing Your Exit vs. Causing a Car Accident – Reckless Driving
Crossing over all lanes of traffic in order to make an exit is reckless driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) defines reckless or aggressive driving as occurring when “an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” From 2003 to 2007, aggressive or reckless driving played a role in 56 percent of fatal car accidents with speed playing the number one factor. These statistics are from data collected by NHTSA’s Fatal Accident Report System (FARS).
Car Accident Statistics Due to Reckless Driving
More than 90 percent of car accidents are caused by human error including reckless driving. Many believe if we could change the manners and mentality of drivers, there would be a significant reduction in reckless driving accidents. The following are some statistics to support such an argument.
- 33 percent of all major fatal car accident is caused by reckless driving. That is more than 13,000 per year.
- 30 percent of car accidents are caused by speeding.
- Distracted driving causes about 20 percent of car accident injuries.
- 40 percent of fatal car accidents are attributed to driving under the influence.
In all of these statistics, human error is to blame for all these accidents whether a driver chose to drive under the influence, speed, or drive distracted.
How to Prevent Reckless Driving Accidents
Car accidents are preventable if drivers observe all traffic and safety laws. However, when a negligent or irresponsible driver causes a major accident, an experienced car crash lawyer can help to compensate damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and future financial income that may have been lost as a result of the accident.
The following are some ideas of how to prevent reckless driving accidents.
- Be aware of other drivers around you and have an escape route in case of an emergency.
- Always pay attention to the road when driving.
- Never drive distracted.
- Remember to always wear a seatbelt.
- Stay clear of dangerous drivers by noticing their maneuvers ahead of time.
- Report suspicious behavior of other drivers on the road to prevent a possible accident.
Contact an Idaho Falls or Pocatello Car Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured by a reckless driver, contact the car accident lawyers of Brent Gordon Law Firm immediately. Don’t wait to call an Idaho Falls car accident attorney or Pocatello auto accident lawyer. Waiting could hurt your case. Call our law firm now to speak with an experienced attorney about your car accident case during a free consultation. Our attorneys can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries. Plus, you pay nothing until your case is settled. Call Brent Gordon Law Firm today at 23-CRASH (208-232-7274) to get started on your car accident case.
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