Reckless Driving Car Accidents
Many car, truck, and SUV car accidents occur because the at-fault driver has driven recklessly in some way. A reckless driver may be driving too fast and aggressively for conditions. If you are in an accident while someone is driving recklessly, the damages to you can be considerable because by definition reckless driving often means very high speed driving.
Common examples of reckless driving that results in car accidents are:
- Driving much higher than the speed limit
- Racing with another car
- Aggressive tailgating
- Abrupt lane changes
- Overtaking a car on two-lane roads
- Drunk driving or driving while high
These are just a few examples of some very common forms of reckless driving that result in car accidents. Each example is enough to establish liability on the at-fault driver’s negligence if they caused an accident since all of these examples are clear violations of Washington State laws.Washington State Reckless Driving Laws
Washington State, under RCW 46.61.500, defines aggressive driving as:
(1) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to three hundred sixty-four days and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.
This is a criminal law, so if a driver who causes an accident is found to have driven recklessly, the driver may be liable for both criminal and civil damages. In a civil case, in order to prevail, the injured person must prove there was a duty that existed, the duty breached, a person was injured, and the injuries were directly related to the breach of the duty.
Having a reckless driving charge levied against the at-fault driver can certainly help build a case that shows how the duty was breached that resulted in injuries to the driver.Common Reckless Driving Car Accident Injuries
When someone has been injured in a reckless driving car accident, their damages may be very serious. They can include:
- Broken bones
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Sore neck and back
If you have been in a car accident because of reckless driving, the first thing you must do is seek medical attention. The medical attention can be in the form of an ER visit, a doctor’s visit, chiropractor or physical therapy. Regardless of the provider you see, the important thing is to get checked out and make sure your injuries have been addressed.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured because of another driver’s reckless driving, you are likely facing a lot of phone calls from insurance companies, both your own car insurance company and the at-fault driver’s insurance company, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Jackman Law Firm can help you recover all of these things.
In addition, there may be instances when, despite seeming that it is very obvious that the at-fault driver was driving recklessly and this recklessness caused the accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company denies liability or blames you for the accident. When this occurs, you need help to establish this liability to help prove your case.
Feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm to discuss your options.