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Reckless driving goes beyond negligence

When you left the house that morning, you expected your day to be like any other. You would go to work, run errands and return home to relax and get some sleep so you could do it all over again the next day. You may have thought your daily life somewhat mundane, but now you may wish you could have it all back.

That's because one day, you left the house and ended up in a serious car accident that put you in the hospital. Even if doctors expect you to make a full recovery, you sustained financial losses that make your continued recovery more stressful than necessary.

The other driver received a citation for reckless driving

Here in California, the driver deemed at fault could receive a citation for reckless driving with bodily injury since you suffered harm due to the other driver's actions. You may know that would be useful information in a personal injury claim, but you may not quite understand what reckless driving encompasses. Before moving forward with any sort of litigation or negotiations, it may help to understand the charge.

If police cite a driver for reckless driving, it means that driver exhibited a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of him or herself and others. The driver may have acted in a manner that lead police to believe that he or she didn't care about the consequences of the actions taken. It elevates the driver's conduct beyond mere negligence.

What does reckless driving entail?

Reckless driving may be evidenced by one or more of the following actions carried out by the other driver:

  • Racing another vehicle
  • Passing on a two-lane road with limited visibility
  • Driving at least 25 mph over the posted speed limit
  • Attempting to elude a police officer

These include only some of the possible actions that may result in an accident and the resulting citation. This information may prove invaluable in a personal injury claim in which you intend to prove to the court that the other driver's actions caused your injuries and the financial loss and other damages you sustained. If a criminal court convicts the other driver of the charge, that too may help.

Such information may prove useful in the first phase of your claim, but you also need to prove to the court that you suffered damages. It may not always be easy to calculate your damages. You may need to make use of the legal resources in your area in order to understand your rights and determine the amount of damages you may be entitled to pursue in court.

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