Reckless driving is a serious problem in California as well as everywhere else. Part of the problem with reckless driving is that the driver is operating a dangerous vehicle beyond their skill level, meaning that they are increasing their risk of losing control of the car, missing important traffic signs, and putting everyone else on the road at risk because of their irresponsible and careless decision to drive aggressively.
If you have been involved in an accident with someone who was driving recklessly, it is likely, and very understandable, that you are extremely frustrated about your situation. Knowing that your injuries could have been avoided if the other driver had simply considered the safety of everyone around them can cause anger and additional stress, which is proven to negatively impact recovery progress.
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and speak with an experienced professional about your injuries that have resulted from someone’s reckless driving. We will be able to discuss the situation in detail, explain your legal rights in regards to California personal injury lawsuits, and give you examples of clients that we have helped in similar situations to your own in the past. We understand that this is a difficult time in your life, and it is important to us that we support our clients in a way that allows them to focus on getting their lives back in order while we focus on getting them the justice that they deserve.
The Problems With Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is a major traffic violation, and for good reason. When someone is driving recklessly, they are making a conscious decision to ignore the rules of the road. This is much different than careless or distracted driving, such as if someone is looking at a cellphone, letting their mind wander, or changing the radio station, because they are making a conscious decision to violate speed limits, traffic rules, and often leading to crashes that are at a much higher speed than the posted limits would have allowed.
In many cases, a driver who is operating their vehicle recklessly overestimates their ability to control their vehicle, overestimates their reflexes and reaction times, and is driving in a manner that puts themselves and everyone around them at a major risk of injury. This may or may not include alcohol, but if there is alcohol involved it is called “wet reckless,” and is a separate conviction than a DUI. In some cases, a DUI offender may be able to plea down to a wet reckless charge, but in other cases, it may be added to the charges of reckless driving. Regardless, this will play a major role in our tort case while we prove that the other driver is responsible for your injuries, and they and their insurance company owe you significant damages as such.
Seeking Damages After a Reckless Driving Accident
Once we have established that you have been involved in an accident that another driver caused due to recklessness, we will use this as the foundation of your argument for the damages we are seeking. At first, we will likely deal directly with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement. If we are able to get a settlement agreement that appropriately compensates you for your injuries without going to court, we will take this option in order to save you the stress and the wait that comes with a full court case.
However, if we are unable to reach a fair agreement during our settlement negotiations, we will absolutely seek the money that you are rightfully owed through a full civil lawsuit. It is important to us that our clients get justice for their suffering, and we will do everything in our power to get you the money you deserve. We understand that no amount of money will undo your injuries or your pain, but the financial help will allow you to focus on recovering and getting your life on track without worrying about paying bills or compensating for your loss of earning power.