Reckless Driving in Texas
There are many circumstances where reckless driving can cause serious injury. If you've been a victim of reckless driving, car accident attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman can help.
Car accidents are a daily occurrence in Houston, Texas - and reckless driving is often the culprit.
In fact, reckless driving causes nearly a third of fatal car accidents across the United States every year. Anything from texting and driving to failing to yield can be considered reckless driving.
If you find yourself the victim of an auto accident caused by reckless driving, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries and damages. Contact attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman if you have questions or want to seek financial compensation.
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What is Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a willful disregard for the safety of other people or property. Reckless drivers know that their actions could easily cause an accident that injures others or damages property and choose to continue the behavior anyway.
Some common types of reckless driving in Texas include:
- Drunk driving
- Hit and run
- Texting and driving
- Driving over the speed limit
- Failing to yield
- Running through red lights
- Distracted driving
Reckless driving is not only a chargeable offense on public roads, but such an act can also include negligently navigating parking lots, parking garages, or any other areas where public traffic interacts. Texas law also states that reckless driving can be punishable by fine, jail time, or a combination of both. Neither outcome offers financial compensation to the victims of reckless driving and their families. Fortunately, reckless driving of any kind can be considered negligence in a personal injury case.
Hit and Run Accidents
One type of reckless driving accident is the hit and run. Hit and run accidents are when a driver is in an accident, causes injury or property damages, and leaves the scene of the accident before authorities can arrive.
In Texas, and across the rest of the country, drivers are required to stop after an accident, offer contact and insurance information to others involved, and call the police to file a report.
Failing to do this constitutes recklessness and it is punishable by a misdemeanor or even a criminal charge depending on the situation; however, civil liability for the damages caused are kept separate.
Hit and run accidents differ from other reckless driving incidents because it can be more difficult to identify the defendant if they flee. If the defendant is identified, it must be proven conclusively that he or she was the one responsible in order to receive compensation.
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Compensation for Reckless Driving
While it's impossible to completely eradicate the threat that reckless drivers pose, it is possible for accident victims to receive compensation for their injuries and damages.
Once it has been determined that the defendant's negligence and recklessness were the cause of the damages, compensation for those damages can be awarded. Texas residents that become victims of reckless driving accidents can receive several damages including:
- Current or future medical expenses
- Lost wages and time at work
- Pain and suffering from injuries
- Emotional trauma
If the accident results in the death of a loved one, the victim's spouse, children or parents may seek compensation for their personal losses. These wrongful death damages include:
- Funeral expenses
- Mental suffering
- Loss of the loved one's earnings
- Loss of companionship
Texas Reckless Driving Attorneys
Personal injury cases involving reckless driving, especially hit and run accident, can bring their own set of complications.
Determining negligence, negotiating with insurance companies, and adding up compensation can all go south if not properly handled.
If you've been injured in an accident caused by reckless driving, let Houston car crash attorneys Neal Davis and Jed Silverman guide you through the legal process. We're ready to negotiate your compensation and exhaust all avenues in order to win the best possible outcome. If we don't win, you don't pay. That's our No Fee Guarantee. Contact us today for your free consultation.