Most drivers believe that they operate their vehicles in a safe manner. However, the truth is that many motorists in Florida and around the country engage in negligent activities such as using a phone while their cars are in motion. Reckless driving may significantly increase the risk of getting into an accident, and in most cases, those who engage in irresponsible behavior will be deemed liable for any financial damages that others may incur.
The definition of reckless driving
Reckless driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle with wanton disregard for other people or their property. A driver may be charged with this type of violation whether the defendant intended to hurt anyone or cause property damage as a result of their actions.
Examples of reckless driving
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be seen as reckless because it impairs a motorist’s ability to operate a car or truck safely. Most states prohibit adults from driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%. Those who are under the age of 21 generally cannot drive if they have any alcohol in their systems. Other examples of reckless driving may include driving too fast for road conditions or driving vehicles that are not properly maintained.
Evidence to support a reckless driving claim
You as a victim may be able to use witness statements, driver statements or toxicology reports to prove that a driver was tired or impaired when a motor vehicle accident happened. Video or photographic evidence may help bolster your claim that the defendant was going too fast for road conditions or ignored a traffic control device prior to a collision.
If a reckless driver hits you or your vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay medical bills or to replace items lost or damaged in the wreck. You may be able to resolve a car accident case through negotiations or litigation.