Reckless drivers can wreak havoc on the roads, severely injuring themselves and others. A recent four-car crash on the Belt Parkway in Queens illustrates how dangerous reckless driving can be. According to CBS News, at least two drivers involved in the collision were speeding and may have been racing before striking two other vehicles, sending five people to the hospital.
You can’t eliminate every risk on the road, but you can take steps to protect yourself and other road users from reckless drivers.
What Constitutes Reckless Driving in New York?
According to New York law, reckless driving involves operating a motor vehicle in a way that endangers other people using the road or interferes with the “free and proper use” of the road.
Some common examples of behaviors that are considered reckless driving include:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to stop at a traffic light or stop sign
- Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Racing other drivers
- Driving while overly fatigued
- Distracted driving
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Making unlawful passing maneuvers
- Fleeing from police
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
How You Can Be an Alert Driver in NYC
If you encounter a reckless driver in New York, the most important thing to do is refrain from engaging in reckless actions of your own. If you respond aggressively, you could cause a crash or be charged with a traffic offense. Instead, slow down and let the reckless driver go around you.
After the reckless driver has passed, pull off the road and call 911. If you let the police know about a reckless driver, they may be able to find the driver and prevent a potential crash. You can also submit a traffic complaint to the New York State Police online. When you make the complaint, include as much information as possible about the driver and vehicle. You also want to be as specific as you can about where you saw the reckless driver.
Here are a few tips to stay alert while driving in New York:
- Keep distractions to a minimum.
- Never drive while intoxicated.
- Be especially careful when approaching intersections and traffic lights.
- Watch out when driving at night.
- Keep your music low so you can hear what is happening around you.
Areas to Watch for Reckless Drivers in New York
Some areas of New York City and Long Island where reckless drivers are especially prevalent include:
- Upper Broadway
- Neptune Avenue
- Woodhaven Boulevard
- Henry Hudson Parkway
- Hempstead Turnpike
- Grand Concourse
- Hylan Boulevard
Contact the New York Car Accident Attorneys at The Perecman Firm Today
You may have the right to pursue compensation if a reckless driver injures you. The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., is ready to advocate for your rights after a crash. Find out more about your legal options today during a free consultation with our New York car accident attorneys. Contact us now to learn more.