Accidents Caused by Reckless Drivers
Most of us have encountered a reckless driver at some point on the road. Inconsiderate of others and endangering everyone on the road with them, they engage in behaviors that are proven to result in car accidents and injuries. While you cannot control the actions of another driver, you can take steps to ensure your own safety by knowing the facts about reckless driving, as well as knowing what your rights and options are in the event a reckless drivers causing you to be involved in an accident.
Facts About Reckless Driving
Under South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 56-5-2920, reckless driving is defined as driving in a manner that shows a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other. The law defines the word willful as doing something deliberately and intentionally, while wanton behavior is that which is unruly and without any types of safety checks or limits. While a first violation may entail a ticket and fines, subsequent reckless driving convictions could mean a driver’s license suspension and up to 30 days in jail. The law is tough on reckless driving, and for good reason. According to car accident statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 800,000 people are injured in car crashes and collisions each year on America’s roads and highways, while more than 1700 people are killed in the accidents, many of which are the result of another driver’s reckless driving behavior. Types of reckless driving include the following:
- Speeding and racing;
- Aggressive driving, such as tailgating and weaving in and out of lanes;
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Distracted driving; and
- Drowsy driving.
Legal Protection Against Reckless Drivers
If you are injured in an accident caused by an aggressive driver, you do have legal options in terms of getting compensation through your injuries:
SEEKING COMPENSATION THROUGH AN INSURANCE SETTLEMENT:
Automobile insurance is a requirement under South Carolina law, and if another driver is at fault for an accident, you may be able to file a claim with their insurance company to cover expenses associated with your accident. When dealing with insurance companies, it is important to remember that they often have limited resources when it comes to investigating claims. In order to save on administrative costs, your insurer may try to get you to settle quickly and for less than what your claim is actually worth, or they may deny your claim altogether. Whenever you deal with an insurance company, you should always speak with an experienced car accident attorney before making any statements or signing any agreements.
Seeking Compensation Through a Car Accident Lawsuit:
As opposed to settling with the insurance company, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. Based on the other drivers reckless and negligent behavior, you may be entitled to damages including medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, pain and suffering, and even punitive damages meant to punish at particularly reckless and wanton behavior.
Reach Out to Us for Legal Assistance
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact the Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys can advise you the best course of action in your particular case, and can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for the injuries and damages you have suffered.