You have likely witnessed someone driving recklessly but feel helpless to do something about it. You just hope that the police are around and ready to do something about it. You are not powerless. If you come across someone driving in a way that puts other road users at risk of a crash, you have the right to report them.
At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our experienced team of Los Angeles Car Accident Attorneys is dedicated to providing information to the clients to better understand their legal rights.
What is reckless driving?
Reckless driving involves driving standards that fall below what is expected of a careful and competent driver. There are several situations that can be termed as reckless driving. In each, the driver is either considered as driving without attention and due care or without logical consideration of other road users.
Examples of reckless driving include:
- Driving a vehicle that has an apparent defect
- Driving under the influence
- Overtaking dangerously Aggressive driving or racing
- Sudden braking
- Distracted driving (e.g., using a mobile phone)
- Overlooking red light
- Overtaking on the inside
So, how do you report reckless driving?
Who Should You Contact?
If you believe you have seen a driver driving carelessly – putting themselves and others at risk of an accident – and you feel it necessary to do something about it, you can call the non-emergency police number 101.
If reporting the incident after arriving at your destination, you should check your local police website for an online form to fill in the required information regarding the incident.
What Information Should You Provide?
When reporting a case of reckless driving, you should provide the police with several particulars to make it easier for them to track the driver. Here are some of the details you will need to give to the police, if possible:
- License plate number
- Color, model, and make of the car
- The location and time of the incident
- Any information that could help identify the driver (e.g., male or female, color, or logo on the car)
Any personal information you give the police about you will be considered confidential. Contact information, which can include an email address or telephone number, is recorded in case officials need to contact you for more information.
What Options Do You Have If Convicted for Reckless Driving?
If you have ever been convicted for reckless driving, getting good insurance coverage can be challenging, especially if you have gotten an insurance ban. Most insurers charge considerably higher premiums because they feel that providing convicted drivers with cover is risky.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, we have over 30 years of experience arranging insurance for convicted drivers in Los Angeles and have access to a specialized group of insurers. So, you can be assured that your needs will be addressed at our law firm. Contact us online or by phone at 888-333-8882 to schedule a free consultation.