Every driver on the road owes all other drivers a duty of care and is required to operate their vehicle in a safe manner per the rules of the road. When a driver fails to do so, they can engage in driver activities and behaviors considered reckless. Reckless driving can cause a side-impact accident and other types of accidents that lead to serious injuries.
Reckless driving can cause a driver to disregard traffic signs and signals that can cause various side-impact collisions. Side-impact accidents can include T-bone crashes and sideswipes. If you or someone you love was injured in a side-impact collision, a car accident lawyer in your area will help you build a strong case for financial compensation.
What Is Considered Reckless Driving?
Recklessness and driving do not go together because it is inherently dangerous and risks lives. Distracted driving, driver fatigue, running red lights and stop signs, and otherwise ignoring traffic signs and signals are all reckless driver behavior.
It also consists of driver behaviors such as:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Aggressive tailgating
- Erratic lane changes
- Refusing to yield the right of way
- Engaging in street racing
- Driving while intoxicated
The car accident lawyer you work with can help you prove the cause of your side-impact collision. Your lawyer will collect evidence documenting the at-fault driver’s negligence, present it to their insurer, and negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
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Why Are Side-Impact Accidents So Dangerous?
According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) statistics, as many as 23% of all collisions are side-impact accidents. They are dangerous because they strike the car where it is closest to its occupants.
Occupants can be seriously injured in this crash, even in a vehicle equipped with side airbags. A side-impact collision can expose the occupants to flying glass in addition to the crash’s impact. Injuries can include:
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Broken ribs and lung damage
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
Your medical records will document your injuries, and your lawyer will use them to prove the value and extent of your medical care.
How Do I Prove the Other Driver Side-Swiped Me?
The damage to your vehicle will prove it was struck on the side. Your lawyer will use pictures of your car and notes from the repair shop to prove its post-accident condition. Your car accident report is also key evidence in your personal injury case. It will contain critical details, including contact details for the at-fault driver and his insurer.
It will also cite:
- Points of impact
- Police-generated photos
- Witness statements
It will also include a narrative from the investigating officer indicating the accident’s cause and contributing factors. The lawyer representing you will also listen to your version of events with compassion and to understand how the accident happened from your perspective.
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What Other Evidence Do I Need?
In addition to your police report, your lawyer will obtain other evidence of your accident and its ongoing costs. Your collected evidence will prove the cause and costs of the accident.
Your evidence file will contain:
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Accident scene photos
- Photos of your injuries
- Proof of income
Collecting and organizing your evidence takes time. Your lawyer will take care of this process for you. They will use the weight of your evidence to prove the negligent party’s liability and to fight for the favorable settlement you are entitled to recover.
What Compensation Can I Get After a Side-Impact Accident?
Reckless driving is an act of negligence on the part of the at-fault driver in your accident. Your lawyer will help you prove their action breached the duty of care they owed you.
By proving their negligence, you can request the following damages:
- Current and future medical costs
- Current and future losses of income
- Current and future pain and suffering
- Ongoing mental and emotional suffering
- In-home medical or domestic support
- Property repair or replacement costs
Your legal team will work hard to determine the value of your case and negotiate a fair and appropriate settlement. They will handle all communication with the insurance company, including completing claim forms and handling evidence collection.
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Were you or someone you love injured when a negligent driver’s reckless driving caused a side-impact accident? You can hold that driver financially responsible for the cause and costs of your injuries and related expenses. Our car accident lawyer will prove your right to compensation and negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
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