According to the U.S. Census, more than 10 million car accidents occur on U.S. roads every year. Some of these are due to speeding, some are due to drunk driving, and some are due to reckless driving. The term “reckless driving” refers to when a driver operates a vehicle without care, and this can include driving inattentively, improperly, or with disregard for the safety of others on the road. A reckless driving accident can lead to tickets, fines, and jail time for the driver. It can also produce the following consequences:
- You could be injured – From minor cuts and scratches to broken bones, punctured organs, or paralysis, a reckless driving accident could lead to serious injuries to yourself.
- You could injure or kill someone else – In addition to hurting yourself, you could also seriously injure or kill other drivers and passengers who are on the road when you are driving recklessly.
- Your insurance could go up – Any type of accident can cause your insurance premiums to rise exponentially. If the accident causes significant injuries or physical damage, expect even greater increases.
- You could rack up expensive medical bills – If you or another driver is hurt, you could be responsible for some large medical bills that your insurance may not cover.
- You could have expensive vehicle repair bills – If your car or the other driver’s car is damaged or totaled, you could have to pay the bill for the repairs or a replacement. You may also have to cover rental car costs while the other driver’s car is in the shop.
If you have caused a reckless driving accident, or if you or a loved one was a victim of one, contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney. You may have grounds for a legal claim and be due compensation for your injuries and property damage. Call for a free consultation today.