Speeding, driving while impaired or driving while distracted are all poor habits that too many Texas motorists engage in. Driving in such a manner is generally considered to be negligent or reckless, which is important in the event of an accident. If you or your car are struck by a vehicle operated by a negligent motorist, that person will likely bear responsibility for any damages you incur.
Causes of reckless driving
There are many reasons why drivers may operate their vehicles in an irresponsible fashion. For instance, someone who is late for work may ignore the speed limit or run a red light to shave time off of their commute. A person may also feel that others are driving too slowly or are otherwise simply in the way, which justifies their hasty lane changes or erratic accelerating.
Accidents may be more severe
A motor vehicle accident caused by a reckless driver may be more likely to cause significant property damage or bodily injury. This is because someone who is using their cellphone prior to a wreck might not have time to slow down prior to impact. Furthermore, a car traveling at a high rate of speed will create more energy upon impact, which will result in greater levels of damage.
Damages you may be entitled to
You may receive compensation to pay current or long-term medical bills related to the defendant’s actions. This may include the cost of future surgeries or medication that you might have to take for the rest of your life. Furthermore, you may receive lost wages or lost future earnings if you’re unable to return to work. Finally, compensation may be available to cover the cost of therapy needed to overcome the mental trauma caused by a reckless driver.