Reckless driving is illegal and dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 30 percent of all vehicle accidents nationwide involve reckless driving, often leading to severe and fatal injuries. You may be entitled to significant compensation if you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a reckless driving accident in Brazos County. That’s where The Payne Law Group can assist you.  

As a leading personal injury firm serving clients in Bryan and College Station, we have an impressive track record of success in car accident cases, including those involving reckless driving. We have achieved substantial settlements and jury awards based on a comprehensive knowledge of the applicable traffic laws. 

When you partner with us, we will provide compassionate, effective representation and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation. 

What Is Reckless Driving? 

The Texas Transportation Code defines a reckless driver as one who drives a vehicle in wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. Examples include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI)
  • Running stop signs or red lights
  • Tailgating
  • Sudden Braking
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Making illegal turns 
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Distracted driving
  • Passing on the wrong side of the road

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and fines of up to $200. Even if the reckless driver is found not guilty,  you can still pursue damages through a personal injury claim. In civil cases, the burden of proof is lower than in criminal proceedings. Rest assured; our reckless driving accident attorneys will work to hold the responsible party accountable and help you obtain just compensation. 

Reckless Driving Accidents Lead to Severe Injuries

Reckless driving can lead to various types of vehicle accidents – side-impact collisions (T-bones), head-on collisions, rear-end accidents, and pedestrian accidents, resulting in injuries ranging from mild to severe:

Faced with a long road to recovery, mounting medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, victims of reckless driving accidents deserve justice and compensation. 

Determining Liability in a Reckless Driving Accident

Assigning fault in a car accident typically involves assessing negligence. However, in reckless driving cases, proving liability often becomes more straightforward. When the other driver engages in deliberate actions, such as driving under the influence, their responsibility becomes evident, constituting what is known as ‘intentional conduct.’

Moreover, reckless driving violates vehicle laws in Texas. If you’ve been injured as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian in such an incident, establishing the other party’s fault becomes more attainable under the legal principle of ‘negligence per se.’ 

Navigating these legal challenges requires an expert personal injury attorney. At The Payne Law Group, we have the knowledge and skills to guide you through this process and secure the justice you deserve.

How We Can Help

The aftermath of a reckless driving accident can inflict physical, emotional, and financial turmoil. Our Bryan car accident attorneys are committed to managing all aspects of your claim, including:

  • Investigating the accident site
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Analyzing police records and medical reports
  • Obtaining available surveillance footage
  • Reviewing the defendant’s driving history for past misconduct
  • Consulting with medical experts to substantiate your claim
  • Negotiating with insurance adjusters and opposing counsel

Should the insurance company fail to provide a fair settlement, we will aggressively pursue just compensation for your claim in court.

Damages We Will Fight For

Our skilled reckless driving attorneys will tirelessly advocate for your right to compensation, seeking damages for:

  • Medical and rehabilitative expenses
  • Lost income – both current and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In cases of wrongful death resulting from reckless driving, we can assist you in pursuing a claim to cover final medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost financial and emotional support. Additionally, we may seek punitive damages to hold the reckless driver accountable and deter similar behavior.

Talk To An Experienced Reckless Driving Accident Attorney 

Being injured in a reckless driving accident can be overwhelming, but you are not alone. Trust The Payne Law Group to protect your rights and well-being and fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Contact us today so we can start working on your claim.