Under Texas Transportation Code § 545.401, reckless driving is defined as driving a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of persons or property. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense.
When someone’s reckless driving causes an accident and injuries to others, the victims may be entitled to file a civil claim for compensation, whether or not the driver was charged and convicted of reckless driving.
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless driving, your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable Dallas car accident lawyer as soon as possible, before you speak with insurance adjusters, and before you sign anything. At Kraft & Associates, P.C., we offer a free consultation with no obligation.
Please call us at (214) 999-9999 or contact us online to discuss your case now.
Reckless driving, also known as aggressive driving, is one of the common causes of car accidents. It consists of a combination of traffic offenses that endanger persons or property.
As of 2015, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reported that 15 state legislatures have addressed aggressive driving, and 11 states have passed legislation defining the actions that constitute aggressive driving.
Reckless or aggressive driving includes the following offenses:
Speeding alone is a major factor in approximately a third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. Not only does speeding make an accident more likely to occur, it also makes resulting injuries more likely to be serious. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the impact when it collides with something.
Following too closely, also known as tailgating, is extremely dangerous, particularly at higher speeds. The more closely one vehicle follows another, the greater the chance of a rear-end collision.
Aggressive drivers who weave in and out of traffic, drive too fast for conditions, fail to yield when other drivers have the right-of-way, or run stop signs and red lights endanger not only themselves, but other motorists as well. This type of driving can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Reckless drivers should be held accountable for the harm they cause to others. If you have been injured in an accident caused by such a driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
At Kraft & Associates, P.C., our experienced accident attorneys have represented thousands of clients in motor vehicle accident cases. We have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients over decades of legal practice. When you work with our firm, you can rest assured that our No. 1 goal is obtaining the best possible outcome in your case.
We have the resources necessary to fully investigate the cause of your crash. Our lawyers often work with investigators and accident reconstruction experts to prove that another driver’s reckless behavior caused an accident – even if the other driver was not charged with reckless driving or was acquitted on charges. We can visit the scene, collect evidence, inspect the vehicles and interview witnesses.
Texas has deadlines for filing a car accident claim, so it is important that you meet with an attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case. For a free assessment, contact us today by calling at (214) 999-9999. You can also submit a case evaluation online or send us an email at email@example.com.