Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving, also called careless driving or dangerous driving, occurs when someone willfully operates a vehicle in an unsafe manner with disregard to the potential consequences of doing so. While most negligent driving behaviors make the driver liable for injuries or losses caused, reckless driving can also carry criminal consequences. While this type of driving may be defined differently state-by-state, typically, some of the elements of this offense include:

  • Driving 25 miles or more above the posted speed limit
  • Racing
  • Eluding a police officer
  • Weaving in and out of
  • Following too closely
  • Illegal passing, and a plethora of other negligent or dangerous driving behaviors

Common Injuries

While the types of injuries sustained in reckless driving accidents are dependent on many factors including speed and the kinds of vehicles involved, victims commonly suffer severe and life-threatening injuries such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries

Liability for Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a criminal offense for which a driver might be convicted of a crime and be punished and penalized. But if you were hurt by a reckless driver, you might be more interested paying your medical bills then whether or not the driver is fined. Fortunately, you may be able to file a civil claim for compensation for your injuries or a wrongful death claim if you lost a loved one.

In fact, reckless drivers may be liable for any vehicle damage they cause as well as your

  • Current and future medical costs
  • Injury related expenses such as physical therapy or assistive devices
  • Permanent scarring or disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages

We’ve been fighting for the rights of car crash victims for decades. Call us today and learn more about your legal options and how we fight for the maximum compensation you need and deserve.

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