Reckless Driving Injuries
If you have been injured in a car accident, you are not alone. In fact, nearly 3 million people in the United States are injured in vehicle accidents every year. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by reckless driving. Reckless driving accidents can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and serious injuries. It can be even harder to accept these devastating consequences knowing that they easily could have been avoided had someone else simply obeyed the law and exercised reasonable care when driving. The good news is that you do not have to simply bear these consequences alone. A personal injury lawsuit can help you get the financial resources and legal support that you need to recover from these injuries and get your life back on track.
What is Reckless Driving?
Under South Carolina law, reckless driving occurs when a driver acts with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other people on the road. A driver exhibits willful disregard when they intentionally try to cause someone harm or act in a way that could. This can sometimes be the case with road rage, or when someone intends to intimidate you or run you off of the road. A driver does not have to intend to cause harm in order to be guilty of reckless driving, however. If a driver is speeding, driving erratically, or driving in a manner that they should reasonably know could cause serious injury to others on the road, they can also be found guilty of driving recklessly.
Suing for Reckless Driving
You have standing to bring a personal injury claim if you sustained injuries that were caused by another driver’s negligence. When the other driver was driving recklessly, their negligence is automatically assumed by the court. This can make it easier to recover, as the presumption of negligence is very hard for the other party to overcome. The value of your claim will depend on how much physical and financial damage you sustained as a result of the accident. The personal injury claim will allow you to recover all costs incurred as a result of the accident, including all costs related to treatment and medical care. You can also be reimbursed for lost wages if you were unable to work due to your injury. A personal injury lawsuit will also allow you to pursue compensation for pain and suffering caused by the crash. If the other driver’s actions were particularly egregious, you may also be able to receive punitive damages, intended to punish them for their conduct. The best way to get an estimate as to the value of your claim is to speak directly with a lawyer.
Contact the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm
If you have been injured in a reckless driving accident, the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm is ready to help. Contact our Charleston car accident lawyer today to schedule a consultation and find out how much your claim could be worth.