Reckless drivers can upend the day of anyone in Virginia. Being injured in an accident with such a driver can change your life. Here’s what you need to know.
What is reckless driving?
Reckless driving is a dangerous form of driving that can put everyone around the offender at risk for a serious car accident. It’s a form of aggressive driving that shows no regard for other people. Reckless drivers often ignore traffic lights and signs and travel too fast to safely slow down or stop.
Being in an accident with a reckless driver significantly increases the risk of suffering severe injuries or death. Often, a person who is reckless behind the wheel drives several miles per hour over the legal speed limit.
What are examples of reckless driving?
There are many examples of reckless driving. Speeding or racing is common. Driving very fast gives the driver less control over the vehicle, which can greatly raise the chances of a crash occurring that leaves victims reeling with catastrophic injuries.
Reckless drivers often tailgate the driver ahead of them. They might become impatient when the other driver doesn’t speed up to their liking. Many reckless drivers are also guilty of road rage due to a variety of factors. This might include running late or being annoyed by traffic conditions.
Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs can also lead to reckless driving. When a person is intoxicated before getting behind the wheel, it lowers their inhibitions and impairs their reaction time, judgment and coordination. They are far less likely to be able to maintain good control over their vehicle, which can have deadly consequences.
Possible damages from reckless driving accidents
You could be left with serious injuries such as spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries after a reckless driving accident. If you file a personal injury claim, you’re entitled to claim damages for your medical expenses, continuing medical treatment, lost wages and lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, vehicle damages and even punitive damages.
Suffering injuries from an accident with a reckless driver can be devastating. You have a right to hold the driver accountable.