Most people realize that auto accidents are a big problem in America, but many do not realize just how serious the risk of an auto accident can be. Every year, thousands of drivers and passengers are either severely injured or killed in car accidents. In addition to property damage to the vehicles involved, car accidents can result in financial losses related to medical expenses and lost wages, as well as emotional trauma and physical pain and suffering.
While a percentage of auto accidents are the result of mechanical failures or road conditions, most are caused by driver error. Many cases of driver error are classified as reckless driving. Auto accidents and reckless driving put our Oklahoma City, OK clients at risk and threatens the safety of all of those on the road. Those who have been victims of an auto accident caused by reckless driving should speak with one of the experienced attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm as soon as possible to learn about their legal right to financial compensation.
Types of Reckless Driving
Drivers have a responsibility to obey the laws of the road and adhere to posted traffic signals. When a driver willingly ignores these responsibilities, they can be held accountable for any resulting consequences, including damages in a car accident. In Oklahoma, reckless driving is defined as “any operation of a motor vehicle that exhibits reckless, wanton or willful disregard for the safety of other people and their property.”
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor that is punishable by law with penalties including fines and jail time. When reckless driving results in a car accident, the driver can be held liable for the accident, and may be held responsible for any damages that result from the accident. Examples of reckless driving include:
- Driving at excessive speeds, or driving at a speed that is not safe for road conditions
- Failure to use signals to indicate lane changes
- Excessive lane changing
- Using the emergency lane to pass traffic
- Driving the wrong way on a one-way street
- Failing to stop at a stop sign or red light
Compensation for Damages
Victims of car accidents caused by reckless driving have a right to seek financial compensation for damages. Following a car accident, it is important to collect as much information as possible to ensure that a strong case of liability can be built. We recommend that drivers exchange information such as names, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information. Contact information should also be taken from any witnesses to the accident.
If possible, drivers should take pictures of the accident scene and any vehicle damage. Even if injuries are not obvious, those involved in an accident should see a doctor as soon as possible so that, if injuries are present, they will have adequate documentation.
Once these immediate needs have been met, it is important to contact an auto accident attorney, such as those at Tawwater Law Firm. Our attorneys have experience representing car accident victims. We will fight to ensure that our client’s rights are protected and that they are compensated to the maximum extent of the law for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it is important to have an experienced auto accident attorney fighting for your rights. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and find out how we can ensure you are justly compensated for your losses.