Car accidents in Los Angeles are so ubiquitous that some may have even come to accept car accidents as a natural and to-be-expected part of life. However, the truth is that car accidents don’t just happen; they happen as a result of negligence, carelessness, and reckless driving.
At the law offices of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our Los Angeles reckless driving lawyers have seen the tragic outcomes of reckless driving accidents time and time again, and know how to best represent the victims of these accident types. If you’ve been harmed in a reckless driving accident in or around L.A., call our team today for a free consultation.
What Constitutes Reckless Driving?
California vehicle code defines reckless driving as the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that shows a willful or wanton disregard for the safety or persons or property. This may include a broad array of offenses and dangerous behavior, including:
- Excessively speeding;
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Eluding a police officer;
- Driving in the wrong direction; or
- Passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway when passing is not permitted.
Of course, this list is not inclusive. What’s more, basic acts of negligence, such as driving while distracted, can also cause serious car accidents and warrant a car accident claim or lawsuit against the responsible party.
Injuries Caused by Reckless Driving
Because reckless driving typically involves high speeds or other excessively dangerous behaviors, such as heading in the wrong direction of traffic and causing a head-on collision, accidents that are caused by reckless driving are often especially severe. Injuries that a person involved in a reckless driving accident may suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Limb amputation injuries;
- Loss of function of a body part;
- Internal injuries; and
- Head, neck, face, and chest injuries.
What Are My Rights Following a Reckless Driving Collision?
If you’ve been harmed in a reckless driving accident in L.A., you maintain the right to file a claim for damages against the liability insurance provider of the reckless driver, or against the reckless driver themself. You further maintain the right to seek compensation for the full extent of your injuries, including economic damages and noneconomic damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
It’s important to remember that while reckless driving is against the law and the reckless driver may face criminal consequences as such, the outcome of a criminal/traffic case will have no bearing on whether or not you are compensated for harm; the only way you can recover compensation is to pursue a civil claim.
Our Los Angeles Reckless Driving Accident Attorneys Can Help
If you’ve been injured in a reckless driving accident, you need legal counsel immediately. Our Los Angeles reckless driving lawyers at the law office of El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers can start working on your case today. Time is of the essence in car accident claims, which is why it is important to reach out to our lawyers as soon as possible after a wreck. Consultations are offered free of charge – call us today to get started.