Q: What is reckless driving?
Reckless driving is the operation of a motor vehicle with the willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others, and it is a serious crime in Texas. Since the motorist is aware that he is engaging in risky driving behavior, reckless driving is often more dangerous than negligent driving.
Types of Reckless Driving
A motorist may engage in reckless driving by:
- Texting while driving
- Exhibiting road rage
- Racing with other drivers
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Running stop signs or red lights
- Evading law enforcement
Reckless Driving Penalties
Since reckless driving is a crime, the guilty party is likely to face both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit. While both legal actions stem from the same conduct, the outcome of the personal injury lawsuit isn’t dependent upon the results of the criminal case. If the reckless driver who injured you is found guilty in a criminal court case, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll win your lawsuit against him. Similarly, even if he isn’t penalized criminally, you may still receive compensation via a personal injury lawsuit.
Compensation for Victims of Reckless Driving
If you’ve been injured due to a reckless driving accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, temporary or permanent disability, and pain and suffering. Furthermore, if the guilty driver’s conduct was especially reckless, you may be awarded punitive damages. These damages go above and beyond compensation to cover your expenses and lost income, and are intended solely to punish the other driver for his irresponsible behavior.
You Need an Attorney
Reckless driving is irresponsible and dangerous, frequently resulting in devastating injuries. If you’ve been hurt by a reckless driver, you need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To discuss your claim, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.