Reckless driving can be a major cause of automobile accidents and can result in personal injuries which can stop you from working. Plus these injuries can leave you financially drained and facing bankruptcy if you're unable to meet your financial commitments. Imagine the following scenario:
You’re driving on the expressway, going with the flow of heavy but steadily-moving traffic when you see a driver in your rear view mirror frenetically cutting in and out of lanes trying to get ahead. To your dismay he ends up behind you. The tailgater is so close you can’t even see his front bumper.
He starts flashing his lights at you, motioning you to move out of his way but there’s nowhere for you to go. You put distance between you and the car in front of you to reduce the chances of being rear-ended by the tailgater which seems to make him even angrier. Then the worst happens. Traffic comes to a screeching halt and you hit your brakes. The tailgater—just inches from your bumper—crashes into you.
The next thing you know you’re dealing with whiplash or even worse, you’re out of work from your physically-demanding job and the medical bills are mounting.
Most accidents are caused by simple negligence or inexperience rather than blatant disregard for others. In these “at-fault” cases, the person who caused the accident must take responsibility for any injuries and property damage they cause.
Reckless driving accidents are different. In these cases, the driver does not care about putting others at risk. He or she brazenly breaks the law, often driving 20 or 30 miles over the speed limit, weaving in and out of lanes and even uses turning lanes and shoulders to pass other drivers.
The law considers this kind of willful disregard for others as recklessness. This is a misdemeanor crime in the state of Illinois. In cases where reckless driving results in bodily harm, disfigurement or disability to others, reckless driving charges may include any or all of the following:
But what about the victims of reckless drivers? Who pays for their medical bills and their lost time at work? What if a person becomes disabled or disfigured because of a reckless driver? This is where an experienced car accident lawyer can be a tremendous help.
The courts weigh the specific circumstances of each individual case to determine whether a driver was acting recklessly. These include factors like the time of day the accident occurred and the speed limit. The weather conditions at the time (e.g. whether it was raining, whether the roads were icy, etc.) are also taken into consideration. Additionally, so are the driver’s familiarity with the area and others factors.
An experienced attorney who is familiar with state laws regarding reckless driving can help show that the reckless driver in your case knew or should have known that their driving was not safe. Additionally he/she can prove that the reckless driver posed a risk to themselves or others with their driving.
Since 1996, the Law Offices of Marc J. Shuman & Associates has been helping Car Accident victims, all injured victims and their families navigate the complex legal process. As experienced personal injury, worker’s compensation, auto accidents, compensated and wrongful death attorneys, we can help you evaluate the facts. We can also assess your options, navigate the legal challenges and advocate on your behalf. Marc J. Shuman & Associates has over 77 combined years of experience advocating for over 10,000 injury victims and their families recovering over 50 million dollars on their behalf. We advocate on your behalf, so you can focus on the task of recovery.