What is Considered Reckless Driving?

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Keeping the Roadways Safer

Even during Colorado's snow season, reckless drivers plague highways across the state and increase the risk of causing a severe car crash. From speeding and weaving between lanes to improper passing, this erratic behavior is classified as a misdemeanor offense in the state.

As defined by the law, reckless driving involves a "willful disregard" for the safety of others on the road or property. This is often a conscious decision that people make for a variety of reasons and can significantly endanger others on the road.

Examples of Reckless Driving

Common examples of reckless driving that may increase the risk of a motor vehicle collision include:

  • Swerving between lanes and vehicles
  • Passing on the shoulder
  • Ignoring traffic control signs and signals
  • Tailgating or otherwise driving too close to other vehicles
  • Road rage
  • Driving under the influence

It's important to note that reckless driving charges can apply to any motor vehicle (including electric bicycles and scooters) and standard bicycles.

How You Can Hold Reckless Drivers Accountable

Colorado Safety Patrol has taken measures to reduce the number of aggressive and reckless drivers on the road by creating a hotline where others can report this behavior (*277). If you are reporting an aggressive driver, make sure to pull off to a spot where you can safely dial the phone number when you are out of harm's way. Never attempt to follow a reckless driver in order to get their attention or license plate number.

If a reckless driver causes a car crash that results in your injury, know that you have the option to pursue legal action to hold them accountable. You should not be left defenseless to pay for medical expenses or lost wages that a negligent individual caused.

Schedule a consultation with the team at Klein Frank, P.C. to discuss your potential case by calling (303) 622-3876. We are here to help you.
 

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