Reckless driving is considered a serious moving traffic violation in the United States, more serious than charges of careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention. One who is criminally convicted of reckless driving can face large fines, a suspended driver’s license, a revoked driver’s license, probation, and even imprisonment. The exact definition and the corresponding punishments differ depending on which state charges you with the crime.
In Florida, reckless driving is defined as driving any vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. One who causes damage to property may be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, and one who causes serious bodily injury to another person may be charged with a third-degree felony.
While reckless driving carries with it serious criminal penalties in every state, it can also result in the filing of civil lawsuits from persons who were injured or killed as a result. If you or a loved one suffered from injuries as a result of a driver who was operating a vehicle recklessly, contact the car accident attorneys of Abbott Law Group today to discuss your legal options.
Common Forms of Reckless Driving
Car accidents can be caused in wide variety of ways, but typically, they are the result of some manner of reckless driving. Some of the more common forms of reckless driving include:
Distracted driving – any activity that may take the attention of the driver away from the road. This can include driving a car while talking on a cell phone or texting or eating while driving.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – this is another incredibly common form of reckless driving that can result in car accidents. Nearly one thousand people per year are killed each year in Florida as a direct result of an at-fault driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Speeding – driving in excess of the posted speed limit makes it much more difficult for drivers to react and respond to other vehicles on the road in a safe manner.
Failing to use turn signals – this common failure of drivers results in thousands of accidents every year because it gives other drivers a lack of notice thereby limiting their ability to anticipate what other drivers are doing.
Regardless of how a car accident is caused, a focus on the injuries should be a major concern for all parties involved. Some of the most common injuries suffered in car accidents include broken bones, cuts and lacerations, head injuries, neck injuries, whiplash, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, paralysis, and nerve damage.
If you experienced any of the above injuries, or any other injury, in a car accident, the attorneys of Abbott Law Group can conduct a full investigation into the matter. We have a team of car accident attorneys and professionals dedicated to investigating and litigating car accident cases involving reckless driving.
Reckless Driving Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured or killed as a result of any form or manner of reckless driving by the at-fault driver, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, funeral expenses, and other damages. The reckless driving lawyers of Abbott Law Group have over thirty years of experience handling car accident cases including those involving an at-fault driver who was recklessly driving. We will fight to obtain the maximum compensation to which you may be entitled and to hold the at-fault driver responsible for driving recklessly. Contact our reckless driving attorneys today for a free case evaluation.