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Determining liability amounts in reckless driving accidents


Reckless driving often leads to accidents in Texas, some of which can have catastrophic consequences. But what constitutes reckless driving, and how do you hold drivers, and sometimes others associated with them, accountable?

What are reckless driving behaviors?

Virtually any driving behavior can be considered reckless if it leads to car accidents. The most common reckless behaviors are:

  • Tailgating
  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Weaving through traffic
  • Driving on the shoulder
  • Lane-splitting
  • Driving while impaired

Reckless driving can exact a heavy toll on accident victims, as these mishaps result in physical, mental and financial anguish. Reckless driving accidents can result in severe injuries requiring extensive rehab or even permanent disability. Typical injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Disfigurement
  • Amputations
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones, dislocations and other orthopedic injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries, like muscle tears and severe sprains

Assigning liability for a reckless driving accident

The person behind the wheel obviously is liable for an accident, yet other parties can also be held responsible. Among the others who may be liable are employers if the reckless person was driving a company vehicle, bars and restaurants that over-serve intoxicated patrons, and governments that fail to warn drivers about dangerous conditions.

Insurance company compensation is often not enough

While insurance company payments are often sufficient for minor mishaps, they frequently are not for severe personal injuries. In addition, many insurance companies will try to blame you or pressure you to accept a smaller settlement that will only cover a portion of your post-accident expenses. Reviewing the circumstances of a serious accident can help determine how much compensation you should ask from liable parties.

You have the right to file a lawsuit if you have been injured in any car accident. Factors that determine the amount of your claim include medical and non-medical expenses connected with the accident, past and future lost income, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life resulting from your injuries. Evaluating your claim correctly is a key to winning a successful injury lawsuit.