Reckless driving can cause property damage, injuries, and even death. A driver can act recklessly in a number of ways, such as speeding excessively, racing other cars, driving aggressively, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 30 persons die every day in collisions involving drunk driving. Excessively speeding can also classify as reckless driving. Reckless driving is a serious problem on our roads and endangers people on and around the road, such as car drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
The law distinguishes between a careless driver and a reckless driver, and California Vehicle Code § 23103 clarifies that anyone who drives in willful disregard for the safety of persons or property engages in reckless driving. If you endured an accident due to a reckless driver and you have suffered injuries and losses, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to see how a Los Angeles reckless driving lawyer may handle your case.
Reckless Driving LawsuitCalifornia law takes reckless driving seriously. Reckless driving is classified as a misdemeanor criminal offense in California. Offenders may face imprisonment, as well as fines.
If you suffered injuries due to someone else’s reckless driving, you could have legal recourse and might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to recover financial losses and damages resulting from the accident. You could also potentially file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one died in an accident with a reckless driver.
There are various types of compensation you could receive in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, such as:
- Medical expenses including future medical expenses
- Lost wages and future lost wages
- Home and health aide costs
- Medical equipment costs
- Property damage
- Funeral costs
- Loss of benefits owned by the deceased
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance for minors
Every car accident is unique, and you could also receive other types of compensation. Speaking to a Los Angeles reckless driving lawyer may help you find out more about holding a reckless driver to account and the types of compensation applicable to your unique case.
Proving Reckless Driving
In order to have a reckless driving case against another driver, you will need to prove that the other driver was at fault and that they were driving recklessly.
What Is Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is a serious offense, unlike careless driving. While careless driving involves a momentary slip-up in attention or error of judgment, reckless driving has to include a conscious disregard for due care.
Whether a particular driver is guilty of reckless driving depends on your unique case. Reckless driving can involve driving well over a posted speed limit, racing with other cars, weaving out in and out of traffic dangerously, or knowingly driving a defective vehicle, among other instances. Proving reckless driving can be tricky and time-consuming. In order to prove your case against a reckless driver, you might have to supply evidence in the form of eyewitness accounts, traffic camera footage, police reports, radar gun readings, and possibly also expert witness testimony.
While it can be daunting and tricky to collect all the evidence and build a case against a reckless driver, a lawyer may help with all aspects of building a case.
Time Limits for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you or your loved ones suffered injuries from an accident with a reckless driver, you could hold them to account for their actions and receive compensation for your losses. We understand that it can take time to get over some of the physical and emotional injuries an accident can inflict, but you do not want to risk foregoing your chance to pursue compensation if your injuries should worsen over time and require more care. The California statute of limitations generally sets a two-year limit for filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. The sooner you act and hold a reckless driver to account, the sooner you could receive compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Timely action can potentially also help you move on from an upsetting time in your life.
For a free legal consultation with a reckless driving lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
While we understand that it can be daunting to file a lawsuit, your Los Angeles reckless driving lawyer can help you through every step of the way. You do not have to go this alone. We can gather the evidence and witnesses required to build a comprehensive case against a reckless driver, as well as help negotiating with insurance companies, if needed.
We do not shy away from tough cases, and we work on contingency, so there are no attorney’s fees unless we win your case. If you, or any family members, suffered injuries or property damage as a result of reckless driving, or a close family member has died as the result of such an accident, Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how you can hold a reckless driver to account for their actions. Reach us at (800) 794-0444.