All Texas road users deserve to be safe. Unfortunately, car accidents occur. Some are caused by reckless drivers, who must be held accountable for the destruction and injuries they leave in their wake.
What is reckless driving?
Reckless driving is a dangerous type of aggressive behavior that can put everyone in proximity at risk. When a person behaves recklessly behind the wheel, they exhibit disregard for traffic laws and other people. There are different ways a person can drive recklessly. They might include the following:
- Erratically weaving in and out of lanes
- Not using turn signals
- Speeding or drag racing
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Road rage incidents such as following another vehicle and yelling at other drivers
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Ignoring other traffic signs and signals
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
What are the consequences of reckless driving for victims?
Car accidents caused by reckless driving can result in serious and catastrophic injuries. Many victims of such accidents are left dealing with traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can be temporary or permanent and range in severity depending on the impact they suffer.
Spinal cord injuries are also common after a crash stemming from reckless driving. In the worst-case scenario, it’s possible to be left with a permanent spine injury such as paralysis from the waist down or the neck down.
Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries are also common injuries after reckless driving motor vehicle accidents. It’s possible to completely heal over time, but these injuries could also lead to chronic pain over the long term.
What damages might be recovered in a lawsuit?
The damages stemming from reckless driving can be significant and long-term. Victims with serious injuries often require extensive, ongoing medical care. If a claim is successful, they might recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, future earning capacity if unable to work and pain and suffering. Punitive damages might be available as well.