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What Is A Reckless Driving Accident?

Reckless driving means that the person driving a vehicle was acting in a dangerous manner, either dangerous for themselves or the other people on the road, sidewalks or nearby. When someone drives recklessly and causes an accident with another vehicle, building, pedestrian, bicyclist or anything else, it becomes a reckless driving accident. The actions that can be labeled as reckless can be anything from speeding to driving drunk, but the key thing they all have in common is that the accident could have been avoided if the driver was following all of the local driving laws which are intended to keep our roads and the people on them safe. In the event that you have been involved in a reckless driving accident, make sure you reach out to an experienced auto accident law firm right away and start the claims process.

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Types Of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving has many different shapes and forms, but here we will cover some of the most common types of reckless driving accidents our law firms encounter.

Driving Under The Influence

Driving drunk or on drugs is a serious offense that can come with criminal penalties, but also can come with a civil lawsuit if the impaired driver causes an accident that injures another person. Whether they are intoxicated on alcohol, marijuana, illicit drugs, prescription drugs or any other intoxicating substance, it is illegal and causing an accident will likely get them sued for damages as well. In some cases, the judge may even impose punitive damages as a punishment on top of their economic and non-economic damages compensation to the injured parties

Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving or driving while seriously tired is another form of reckless driving because the driver decided to operate a vehicle even though they were not functioning at a normal level. This can cause slow reaction times, not paying attention to the road, falling asleep at the wheel and more. All of these things are very dangerous and can seriously injure someone if they cause an accident.

Road Rage

Road rage is getting more and more common these days as the roads get more congested with traffic. Sometimes drivers get angry at another driver for various reasons and then start tailgating them or even purposely run into the other vehicle. This is aggressive driving behavior that is dangerous for everyone on the road and will be treated as a reckless driving case when it goes to court and/or litigated as an accident lawsuit.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is extremely common now that most people have a smartphone on them and get text messages, change the song, look at social media and more. Distracted driving can also be looking for something in your car while driving, talking to passengers and not paying attention to the road or even changing the radio station. The list of types of distracted driving behaviors that can get you in trouble is quite long, but the main point here is that taking your attention off of the road for an extended period of time for any reason is dangerous and can quickly cause an accident and injuries to other persons around you.

Failure To Obey Driving Laws

Local laws imposed on drivers are there to keep everyone on the roads safe. When you disobey these laws, it can be considered reckless driving when done in a manner that is very unsafe. This can be using excessive speeds, not using your turn signals before changing lanes or making turns, doing wheelies on a motorcycle, weaving in and out of traffic, running stop signs or red lights and much more. Driving in a way other than what the laws for your state allow may constitute a reckless driving ticket and if it causes an accident with injuries, you will likely get sued by the injured party in the form of a personal injury claim.

How Can I Get Compensation If A Reckless Driver Hits Me?

In the event that another person was driving recklessly and caused an accident, you may be able to hold that person accountable for the accident in the form of a personal injury claim. But for you to be eligible to file an injury claim, there are a few key aspects that have to be present. The first is Duty of Care which means that the person has a duty to act in a responsible and safe manner such as obeying local traffic laws. The second is Breach Of Duty which means they broke a law that was meant to keep others safe. The third is Causation which means that the reckless drivers actions were a direct cause of the accident that caused you losses such as property damages or injuries. The last part is Damages which means that you suffered a financial loss due to the accident. This could be medical bills for recovering from your injuries, damage to your vehicle, lost wages, pain and suffering and much more.

If and only if all 4 of these pieces of evidence are present for your case, then you are eligible to file a personal injury claim that is valid. Once that has all been established, you should enlist the help of a qualified car accident attorney to help you recover your financial losses.

Proving Liability In A Reckless Driving Collision

Proving who was at fault for the accident can be tricky in some cases, but a great accident attorney will be able to do this for you. They will use evidence from pictures and videos of the accident scene as well as any surveillance videos from nearby stores or homes. They will also inspect your vehicle to look for evidence of how the accident happened and possibly even bring in accident reconstruction experts to validate their claims of how the accident was caused.

As long as it is not determined that you were more than 50% liable for causing the accident, then you may move forward with your claim and pursue compensation from the at fault parties. In some cases, it may be determined that your own actions played a role in the accident happening, which is where a percentage of fault will be given to both parties and the compensation package will be lowered by the amount you were at fault(as long as your fault was less than 50%, otherwise the case in not valid).

Compensation You May Be Entitled To

If you have a valid case as described above and it is determined that you were not more than 50% liable for the accident, then you can proceed with pursuing compensation from the at fault party in the form of a personal injury claim. The compensation you could receive is broken up into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.

The economic damages are things with a specific dollar amount tied to them that were losses you incurred due to the accident such as medical bills, damages to your vehicle or other belongings, lost wages from missed work(past and future), cost of transportation while your vehicle is being fixed and more. The non-economic damages include compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, loss of mobility, disfigurement, scarring, mental anguish and more. Both types of damages will be combined to give you a total compensation amount that you could be awarded in the form of a settlement.

Time Limits To File Your Claim

In Colorado, you have up to 3 years from the date of the accident to file your claim, otherwise it is not eligible for litigation. This is why it is so important to speak with an attorney right away so you can get the process started. Some cases take a long time to finish recovering from the injuries or the investigation process can take longer than normal. The sooner you start, the fresher your evidence will be as well, so eyewitness testimonials will also be easier to get. You don’t want to miss out on your compensation package, so make sure you call Rector Stuzynski LLC today for a free consultation.

Get Help From Our Attorneys

If you’ve been injured in a reckless driving accident, make sure to reach out to our accident lawyers right away. We handle car accident claims everyday and with decades of experience and a long list of happy clients, you can rest assured that your claim is in good hands. We will handle the entire case for you so you can rest and focus on recovering from your injuries. Our team is extremely detail oriented and we prepare evidence backed cases so that we can go into the negotiation process with all the ammunition we need to get you maximum compensation. Don’t wait to call, we offer 24/7 virtual appointments over the phone or feel free to stop by our office and speak with an attorney in person.

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Areas We Serve

We serve clients injured in slip & fall accidents anywhere throughout the state of Colorado, but we focus on residents of these areas: Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Briargate, Monument, Black Forest, Pueblo, Canon City, Larkspur, Security-Widefield, Peyton, Falcon, Calhan, Castle Rock, Teller County, El Paso County, Elbert County, Park County, Douglas County and beyond.

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