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Auto Accidents

Reckless Driving

When someone drives aggressively or recklessly, they are risking the lives of everyone on the road. Reckless drivers cause thousands of preventable auto accidents every year across the country and cause serious injury or even death to innocent drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

In Florida, reckless drivers may face charges for their behavior and they may be held civilly liable by injured victims in a personal injury claim. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a reckless driver, you may have the right to compensation from the at-fault driver. GMV Law Group, LLP represents accident victims in aggressively pursuing fair compensation for damages in a reckless driving accident.

What Is Reckless Driving?

Someone drives recklessly when they knowingly ignore the risks of their behavior and put themselves and other people at risk of harm. Reckless driving comes in many forms such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Road rage
  • Tailgating
  • Speeding
  • Street racing
  • Erratic or unsafe lane changing
  • Failing to stop at stop signs or traffic lights
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Passing when unsafe or prohibited
  • Driving away from law enforcement or engaging in a high-speed chase

Reckless Driving Is a Crime

Reckless driving is something of a catch-all term, but it’s considered a serious offense in Florida. Under Florida law, reckless driving can refer to any behavior in which someone drives with wanton or willful disregard for the safety of other people. In many cases, reckless driving is charged when someone displays two or more dangerous behaviors. Speeding alone, for example, isn’t enough for a reckless driving charge unless the driver was driving at a grossly excessive speed.

When someone is convicted of reckless driving with bodily injury, they face a third degree felony and may be subject to hundreds in fines and jail or prison time. Of course, this punishment isn’t much compared to the loss of life or significant injuries that victims may be left with. Whether or not a reckless driver is charged for their dangerous driving, victims can bring a personal injury claim to seek fair compensation for their injuries. If the at-fault driver is charged and convicted, however, it only strengthens a civil lawsuit.

Florida Personal Injury Claims Against Reckless Drivers

Unfortunately, thousands of car accidents in Florida every year are caused by some type of reckless behavior. If you have been injured in a reckless driving accident, you have the right to make a claim against the at-fault driver to hold them responsible for their actions and recover compensation for your damages. While financial compensation can’t change what has happened to you or erase your injuries, it can help you recover your financial stability and move forward with your life with the medical care you need.

A civil lawsuit in a reckless driving case can go forward alongside or after a personal injury cases against the reckless driver. You also have the right to file a claim against the driver even if they are not charged with a crime. If someone is found guilty of reckless driving, they will not automatically be found negligent in a civil claim, and someone found innocent in court may still be found negligent in a personal injury claim. Still, the outcome of a personal injury cases can still be used as evidence in your personal injury lawsuit to establish the driver was at fault.

A personal injury lawsuit can help you recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, including future medical bills you will face
  • Lost wages for the time you have taken off work
  • Reduced earning capacity if you have been left disabled
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life if you are left with reduced cognitive function or mobility
  • Disfigurement

Drivers who demonstrated extraordinarily reckless behavior may even be forced to pay punitive damages in Florida.

Contact a Florida Reckless Driving Accident Injury Lawyer

Have you been seriously hurt by a reckless driver in Florida? Contact GMV Law Group, LLP today to request a free consultation with a reckless driving personal injury lawyer who can help you protect your legal rights and seek the compensation you deserve to move forward with your life. We have English and Spanish speaking representatives available to guide you through the steps you need to take.

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