Traffic accidents continue to plague the roads and highways of America. The United States Census Bureau has noted that an average of 10.6 million vehicular crashes was reported each year during 2005 until 2009. One of the reasons cited for the accidents that occurred in this time was reckless driving.

Across all 50 states, reckless driving is generally defined as incidents when a driver is showing a “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons and properties”. A driver who becomes careless or commits a thoughtless mistake while behind the wheel may be found guilty of reckless driving. Reckless driving can include texting or talking on the phone while driving, serving between lanes, speeding through red lights, ignoring speed limits, and tailgating. All these violations can endanger the lives of the driver in question and anyone else sharing the road.

The outcome of a reckless driving accident will depends on how severe the crash had been. Minor accidents can result in little or no injury, although some damage to property is to be expected. Larger collisions are sure to be devastating, leaving the drivers and passengers involved in the accident with serious injuries. Injuries that commonly result from reckless driving accidents include fractures, lacerations, internal bleeding and trauma, whiplash and other back and neck injuries, as well as spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

Reckless driving accidents are just among the many types of traffic incidents that contribute to the alarming statistics regarding the safety of American roads and highways. These particular accidents are known to cause a variety of outcomes. While some victims are lucky enough to walk away from crashes with minor injuries, most are left to face devastating consequences. For those in such a situation, consulting with a qualified legal professional is the first step to receiving the compensation you deserve.