Were you injured by a reckless driver?

When an individual goes through the process of obtaining a driver's license, he or she is expected to know and abide by traffic laws. Wearing a seat belt, stopping at a red light, abstaining from drinking and driving and following posted speed limits are all important safety laws that, if not followed, can result in a driver either causing or contributing to a serious motor vehicle accident.

In cases where a driver's actions appear to display a blatant disregard for public safety, and other drivers, passengers or pedestrians are injured as a result; legal action may be taken. Drivers who choose to drink and drive, drag race, drive at excessive speeds, pass another vehicle on the right-hand side or intentionally drive through red lights; may be charged with reckless driving.


In civil lawsuits, in order to prove recklessness there are certain factors that must be examined and determined. Proving negligence, or that an individual's actions contributed to causing another person's injuries, is at the center of any personal injury lawsuit. For example, a driver who ran a red light because he or she was distracted may be considered negligent. However in cases where a driver intentionally ran the red light or was traveling at such a high speed that he or she couldn't slow or stop for the light, recklessness must also be considered.

When attempting to prove that a driver's actions constitute recklessness, basic questions related to the nature of the driver's actions as well as how "a reasonable person" would view his or her actions come into play. An attorney who handles personal injury matters can help individuals who have been injured or who have had a loved one injured due to another driver's recklessness.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Recklessness," 2015

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