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Have you ever witnessed a driver behaving recklessly on the roads of South Carolina and wondered what you could do about it? You’re not alone. Many of us see dangerous driving behaviors but aren’t sure how to report them.

At Jebaily Law Firm, our South Carolina car accident lawyers believe in making a difference by helping you take action. Reporting a reckless driver is a vital step in preventing accidents and keeping our roads safer for everyone.

What Is Considered Reckless Driving in SC? 

The South Carolina Code defines reckless driving as operating a vehicle in a way that shows a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. That definition covers a wide range of dangerous behaviors, such as:

  • SpeedingDriving over the speed limit poses a danger to other road users and increases the severity of injuries in crashes.
  • Ignoring traffic signals – Running red lights or stop signs shows a disregard for road safety rules, often leading to severe accidents.
  • Aggressive weaving between lanes – Changing lanes erratically and without signaling can cause collisions.
  • Tailgating – Following another vehicle too closely reduces reaction times and increases the risk of rear-end crashes.
  • Driving under the influence – Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs judgment and reaction times, making the roads unsafe for everyone.
  • Distracted driving – Using a phone, eating, or performing any other activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can be a form of reckless driving.

Steps to Take If You Identify a Reckless Driver

If you spot a reckless driver or aggressive driver on the road, it’s crucial to keep calm and prioritize your safety while taking steps to report them. Here’s how to report a reckless driver in South Carolina:

  • Stay safe. Keep a safe distance from the reckless driver. Do not try to follow closely or chase them. Avoid engaging in road rage, making rude gestures, or otherwise engaging with the other driver.
  • Find a safe place to stop. If possible, pull over to a safe location before taking further steps.
  • Note details. Try to remember or write down details such as the car’s make, model, color, and license plate number, as well as the specific reckless behavior you observed.
  • Call the authorities. Once safe, call the local police department or the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The Highway Patrol’s roadway emergency number is *47. Give them the details of the reckless driving behavior and the vehicle’s description.
  • Avoid confrontation. Do not attempt to confront the aggressive driver yourself. Leave that to the authorities to handle.

How Our Lawyers Help People Hurt in Crashes with Reckless Drivers

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to avoid collisions with reckless drivers. If you sustained injuries in a crash with a reckless driver, the Jebaily Law Firm wants to help you seek maximum compensation for your losses. We’ll investigate the collision, review the police report and other evidence, negotiate with the insurance companies for a fair settlement, and represent you in court if your case goes to trial. Let us handle all the legal work while you rest and heal.

Talk to Our South Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Now

The Jebaily Law Firm believes in holding reckless drivers accountable and protecting the rights of individuals injured in crashes caused by others’ wrongdoing. If you sustained injuries in a reckless driving accident in South Carolina, we’re ready to help.

Call us today or complete our contact form for a free consultation.

George Jebaily

George D. Jebaily, Managing Partner, is the lead attorney for the Personal Injury Team at Jebaily Law Firm, and in 2014 was elected as an at–large member of Florence City Council.