Reckless Driving Definition
Drivers who commit multiple traffic violations that put other people’s lives at risk are reckless drivers. These types of drivers often display aggressive driving behavior on the road such as not yielding right of way or overtaking other vehicles carelessly. So if you are injured because of the actions of an aggressive driver, you have every right to sue that driver. A Missouri car accident lawyer can help you gather evidence that will help you present a solid case in front of a judge.
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Reckless Driving Examples
Reckless driving behavior includes actions such as tailgating, changing lanes frequently or suddenly, and speeding. Tailgating is when a driver is driving too close to the bumper of the car in front such that if that car suddenly stops a collision may occur. Then there are drivers that break suddenly without considering that there are other drivers behind them. Braking suddenly, especially on a busy road can turn into gruesome pile up situation very easily.
Another action that can lead to a pile up is when drivers change lanes without any warning, especially on multilane highways in St. Louis. Reckless or aggressive drivers just don’t care about the consequences of their actions. In fact, they deliberately act that way to intimidate other drivers that call them out or reprimand them for their actions.
How A Reckless Driving Attorney Can Help
An experienced attorney will help investigate the events that led to the accident where you were injured. The investigation includes collecting evidence such as police reports, eye witness testimony, and surveillance camera footage and so on. That evidence is needed to prove that the other driver that caused the accident was negligent or reckless, which makes them liable for your accident. Your attorney will also answer all the questions you have about your injuries and the legal options available for you. In fact, you can ask your lawyer to help you calculate an estimate of the compensation amount you may receive in your case.
What The Law Says & Penalties
According to Missouri law, every driver must operate their vehicle in a prudent and careful manner. A driver must also travel at careful and prudent speed. Drivers must also not operate in a way that endangers property or personal safety of any person. Any violation of this law can either be classified as a Class B misdemeanor or a Class A misdemeanor.
The penalties for a Class B misdemeanor are a $500 fine and 4 point added to the at-fault driver’s driving license. There are also many other fees that must be paid in such a case. A Class A misdemeanor can result in a $1,000 fine and up to a year jail time. They will also add 4 points to the at-fault driver’s driving license and the driver will have to pay other fees.
Compensation In Reckless Driving Accident
Victims of a reckless driving accident are likely entitled to recover compensation for injuries. They can receive amounts for lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering and more. You will need an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney to help you file the lawsuit and fight for your rights in court.