Reckless driving is no doubt one of the biggest problems on the nation’s highways. Texas is a huge state with a wide variety of driving conditions that results in accidents of all types due to many drivers abusing their privilege to operate a vehicle by endangering the lives of others on the roadway. There are many examples of reckless driving ranging from driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs to wanton endangerment when being chased by police. All of these reckless driving situations occur, and the perpetrators are more than just a nuisance. They can be deadly.
Truck drivers are the most professional drivers on most highways, and the economy cannot operate without them. However, they also often skirt the rules of the road. Not only are tractor-trailers the largest vehicles on the highway, but they are also often going faster than any others and create conditions for others to compete with their speed as well. Many motor vehicle accidents are caused when they have too much velocity to stop the rig in a short distance.
Drunk driver accidents
The state of Texas is among those that have enhanced their DUI laws in the past two decades. And even with the focus on driving under the influence, many Texas drivers still continue the practice. Texas is among the worst states in the nation for drunk driving accidents.
Distracted driving accidents
Another category of reckless driving is creating distractions while behind the wheel. The first and worst of these practices involve using a cell phone, and especially texting while driving. Even phone calls can be problematic. Additionally, eating or drinking while driving can create emergency issues if a beverage spills such as hot coffee.
These are just a few of the forms of reckless driving beyond failure to use signals, exceeding speed limits, and veering in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed. All motorists should focus on safety first and avoid dangerous reckless driving behavior that often leads to deadly accidents.