Reckless driving is the leading causes of car accidents, accounting to more than one-third of the accidents that happened on the road. It is considered as a misdemeanor offence, and penalties for this type of offence may depend on the specifics of the offence and the law of the state that the offence has been committed. To be considered as reckless driving, the driver must have demonstrated an obvious disregard to the safety of property, animals and other people.
There are a number of activities that can account as reckless driving. In highways and speedways, one of the most dangerous things that can cause car accidents is drag racing. Drag racing is a competition between two cars from a designated point to the finish line. What makes the highways a good venue for these dangerous races is because most highways provide a straight line to race on, and usually competitors go for a quarter mile track. Most people engage in drag racing for different reasons such as fame, thrills, and coolness. Media also influence people to participate and view drag racing as a sport.
Speeding is one of the top concerns of drag-racing. Because you want to beat the other person to the finish line you tend to push the vehicle to its top speed, which can be dangerous particularly when there are other vehicles on the road as well. At top speed, a driver will have a harder time controlling the vehicle, given a smaller time to react, and increase the chances of severe injuries because of the impact. According to Pohl & Berk, LLP, serious injuries and even loss of life can occur when speeding accidents occur on a busy highway.
The penalties for drag racing on the highways, being a Class 1 misdemeanor, range from zero to six months in jail, fines of up to US$ 2, 500, possible driver’s license suspension, and even community service. Repeat offenders can even have more penalties. Every year, 3 million people get hurt in car accidents, and these injuries do not only involve physical injuries. Loss of employment, mental trauma, and even possible life-changing injuries can occur, therefore being a responsible motorist not only calls for responsible driving, but also reporting those who are negligent drivers.