Reckless driving-related accidents take the lives of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and others on New Jersey roads each year. Unfortunately, some drivers disregard others’ safety callously, contributing to accident statistics. Reckless drivers might not get away with their actions after a collision, as a lawsuit might seek significant compensation and punitive damages for the victims.
Reckless driving dangers
Fault and negligence reflect core elements of any liability claims. Reckless drivers often behave in grossly negligent ways, leaving them open to liability claims when their actions inflict harm. For example, a speeding driver’s impatience and aggression could make it impossible to see a pedestrian crossing the street until it is too late. Excessive speeding, combined with other moving violations, may cause an unavoidable accident unavoidable.
Various behaviors could constitute reckless driving, including tailgating, erratic lane changes, driving on the shoulder and lane splitting, among others. Driving under the influence is another dangerous behavior that continues on American roads. Persons who cause accidents when committing such actions might one day face legal troubles.
Moving violations committed by a reckless driver could establish fault for any resulting motor vehicle accident. Anyone who drives under the influence and hits another car would likely find the toxicology results, police reports and eyewitnesses point to gross negligence. Such a driver may hope that a liability policy is enough to cover the losses.
Victims could provide clear evidence revealing their losses. Medical bills and related health care expenses might be part of a claim. So may any property damaged in the collision. Also, a victim could have a case for punitive damages, depending on the driver’s conduct and recklessness.