Reckless Driving and Car Accidents
Drivers have a responsibility to take proper precautions and follow the rules of the road. When an individual drives recklessly, it can result in a serious accident. In some cases, car accidents can lead to permanent injuries or even death.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, a reckless driving attorney from Reed & Terry, L.L.P. in Sugar Land, TX, can help. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident and help you collect the compensation you deserve. Schedule your free consultation with our firm by contacting us online today.
What Is Reckless Driving?
Every driver has made a mistake behind the wheel at one point or another, and the lion’s share of auto accidents happen on account of human error. Reckless driving is a different situation altogether; drivers are conscious of what they are doing wrong and proceed to do it anyway.
In Texas, reckless driving is defined as the “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Common examples of reckless driving include:
- Speeding (a reckless driving ticket can be issued if you were driving 20+ mph above the speed limit)
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Drunk driving
- Not accounting for pedestrians
- Wrong way driving
- Not attempting to avoid a collision
Our team of attorneys understand the laws in Texas and can help you collect maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
The Effects of Risky Driving
In 2015, there were about 6.3 million reported auto accidents in the United States. Even if no one is hurt, these accidents usually result in property damage. Unfortunately, many people do wind up seriously hurt or even killed in reckless driving incidents.
Speeding is a leading cause of traffic fatalities. In 2016, speeding contributed to the deaths of 10,000 people and accounted for more than a quarter of all traffic fatalities.
Reckless driving accidents can lead to significant injuries, such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Potential Legal Consequences
Reckless driving can be much more serious than a traffic infraction. In Texas, reckless driving is a misdemeanor that carries a punishment of up to 30 days in county jail, a fine of up to $200, or both the fine and confinement. If someone was injured or killed, or if the offender has a prior reckless driving conviction, these penalties can increase.
A reckless driving charge in Texas remains on your permanent record. In addition, you may face other penalties. The Department of Motor Vehicles can add points to your driving record, or suspend or revoke your driver's license. In addition, auto insurance can be canceled or premiums increased.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Our team of attorneys at Reed & Terry, L.L.P. understand the laws in Texas and can help you collect maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
At Reed & Terry, L.L.P., we fight on your behalf to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys know how to get the best outcome for you. Contact us online or call (281) 201-0988 today to schedule a free consultation.