Louisiana residents across the state can be impacted by negligent drivers, driving, and roadway behaviors or habits. These actions, though seemingly harmless or trivial in some cases, can lead to crashes that can change a person's life forever.
FindLaw defines reckless driving as the "willful or wanton disregard" of the safety of others, whether they are other passengers within the driver's vehicle, people in other vehicles, or pedestrians. Generally speaking, negligent behavior alone isn't enough for a person to be charged with reckless driving. It should also be noted that reckless driving is usually considered a misdemeanor as opposed to an infraction, making them more serious crimes in the eyes of the law.
Some examples of reckless acts include racing vehicles, going 25 miles over the speed limit, passing vehicles on a 2 lane highway, or attempting to elude a police officer. Negligentdriving.com shows the dangers of reckless and negligent driving behaviors. They highlight the fact that traffic fatalities have increased on a whole in the last 30 years, despite casualties caused by drunk drivers having actually dropped. Why is this, exactly? Plainly put, it's because more drivers are engaging in negligent or dangerous driving habits and behaviors. This can range from texting while driving, to sleep-deprived drivers getting on the road and nodding off behind the wheel.
The roads these days could be considered more dangerous than ever before in some ways. This is why it is important for drivers to be aware of these unique dangers, especially the ones that may be hidden under the guise of normal driving habits.