5 Harsh Realities of Reckless Driving

Every state has laws prohibiting reckless driving, but do you know what constitutes reckless driving? You might be surprised that everyday actions and habits behind the wheel could result in a reckless driving citation.

Also, if you are guilty of reckless driving, and you cause a serious accident, you might be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages you cause.

The Reality of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is still one of the leading causes of highway fatalities and catastrophic injuries in the United States despite numerous laws created to stop the behavior. Acts of reckless driving go well beyond speeding or running red lights. In fact, they include driving while under the influence of medication (prescriptions included), alcohol, and illegal substances. Also, driving erratically, tailgating, and ignoring the rules of the road all constitute reckless driving behaviors.

5 Harsh Realities of Reckless Driving

  • Catastrophic injuries happen from reckless drivers. Catastrophic injuries are those that are severe and often permanent. From traumatic brain injuries to broken bones and amputations, these injuries often result from reckless drivers.
  • Reckless driving could result in punitive damages. Punitive damages are a unique form of compensation designed to punish the defendant in a civil case. These show the rest of the public that similar behavior is not tolerated. If you are a victim of a reckless driver, your attorney might seek punitive damages, especially if the driver was grossly negligent.
  • Reckless driving cases settle quicker. A reckless driving accident often settles faster than another type of automobile accident. This is because the driver responsible has already received a traffic citation or even criminal charges for their reckless behavior, and the case is easier to prove. Therefore, the insurance company is more apt to settle than try to drag the case out.
  • Reckless driving can lead to wrongful death lawsuits. In addition to catastrophicinjuries, reckless drivers (such as drunken drivers), could face civil wrongful death lawsuits. In a wrongful death lawsuit, the at-fault party would not only be responsible for injuries and medical damages but then they would also be responsible for the untimely death of the accident victim.
  • Road rage is a form of reckless driving. Enraged driving and overly aggressive driving behaviors constitute reckless driving. This includes tailgating and running other drivers off the road. Road rage is becoming increasingly common today too, which means more incidents are likely to happen soon.

Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for a Reckless Driving Incident

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries because of a reckless driver, you are entitled to compensation. The law allows you to seek damages for your injuries and losses, and the attorneys at Jacobs Law, LLC are here to protect your rights to compensation aggressively.

Contact our attorneys immediately after your accident to explore your options. We meet with our clients free and without obligation. If you choose to hire our accident team, you do not pay us unless we recover compensation in your case.