If you have been hit and hurt by another vehicle driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Almost all vehicle collisions are nothing more than accidents — the result of careless or inattentive drivers who did not intend anything bad to happen. However, some accidents are the result of more than just carelessness, and they need to be handled differently. Read on and learn more.
Accidents Are Inevitable
Almost everyone has witnessed drivers who seem to derive happiness from speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting cars off, slamming on their brakes, and more. This type of driving is not only foolish and immature but dangerous and may even rise to the level of criminal behavior. Many states have laws on their books concerning aggressive drivers. However, accidents can and do occur as a result of a careless driver's actions.
In other cases, reckless driving happens when an innocent driver becomes unwittingly involved in a law enforcement action. This can happen when drivers are fleeing from law enforcement. Drivers who put other drivers' and passengers' lives in danger may be charged, in addition to other things, with reckless driving.
How Criminal Charges Affect Your Case
If you take action against such a driver, your case will be heard in civil court. The victims that end up hurt by these criminals can seek monetary damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit or by settling a case out of court. Here is what victims need to know about this complex situation:
- As with any type of personal injury case, your medical bills should be paid by the other driver's insurance. However, you may need to take legal action when that doesn't happen. Victims are also entitled to be paid lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
- One of the first issues some victims face when taking legal action against a driver is fault. However, drivers ticketed or arrested for reckless driving are likely at fault and the criminal charges are convenient proof of that. That cuts the time to be paid what you deserve down considerably.
You will need to work with a personal injury lawyer to obtain the compensation you are owed. It's important that you get paid what you deserve, that you don't settle too soon, that you don't speak to the other side, and more. Being advised by a lawyer means never making those mistakes. If you have been in a wreck and the other driver was not just at fault but negligent, speak to a car accident attorney right away.