Being injured in a car accident is always unexpected and can be devastating. One day you take getting behind the wheel or riding in a car for granted. The next day you are all too aware of the dangers of crashes. If your comfort in driving or riding in a car was shattered by a reckless driver, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Wisconsin auto accident lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC. We understand the myriad of consequences in reckless driving accidents, including the physical, psychological, and financial injuries you or your loved one may be experiencing. We are here to investigate the cause of the crash and build the case for you to obtain the maximum compensation possible under the law. Contact us today at (715) 343-2850.
What is Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is more than being careless or distracted while behind the wheel. It is driving with a disregard for other people’s safety, including your passengers, other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Reckless driving is extremely harmful, often leads to serious accidents, and is a crime in Wisconsin. Common vehicle maneuvers performed by reckless drivers include:
- Speeding a significant amount above the limit
- Speeding a significant amount above what is appropriate for the conditions
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Weaving between lanes
- Distracted driving, including using a cell phone
- Slamming on the brakes at the last minute
- Last minute maneuvers
- Taking turns too quickly
- Driving after drinking or taking drugs
Reckless Driving Can Lead to Serious Injuries
Reckless driving should always be taken seriously. It is highly dangerous and often leads to car accidents, including rear-end, T-bone, side, and head-on collisions. While an accident could be minor and lead to minor injuries, a crash can also be catastrophic. Reckless driving often occurs at high speeds, which means a resulting accident leads to serious injuries for multiple individuals.
If you were a victim of a reckless driving crash, you could suffer from:
- Broken or crushed bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
Reckless Driving Under Wisconsin Law
Reckless driving is so dangerous that it is illegal under Wisconsin law. Any person found negligently or recklessly driving and put other lives in danger on Wisconsin roads can be ticketed. A first offense usually only carries a fine. However, a second or subsequent offense can lead to higher fines, jail time, and a driver’s license suspension.
If you were injured in a reckless driving accident, whether or not the other driver was ticketed for reckless driving or another traffic violation may be important. While you can pursue compensation for your injuries even if the other driver is not guilty of a traffic offense or crime, a ticket or conviction may be used as evidence of the other driver’s negligence.
Recovering Compensation After a Dangerous Driving Crash
If you were injured in a car accident that you believe was caused by a reckless driver, contact us at Studinski Law, LLC as soon as possible. When a crash is caused by a careless, reckless, or intentionally harmful driver and you suffer injuries in that accident, then you have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault driver. By providing evidence that the other driver was reckless, you may be able to obtain compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of society and companionship
- Property damage, when applicable
You may also pursue potential claims for punitive damages. Punitive damages may be available if you can show the at-fault driver acted maliciously toward or intentionally disregarded your rights. Punitive damages in Wisconsin are capped at twice your compensatory damages or $200,000, whichever is greater.
How to Prove Reckless Driving
One barrier to recovering compensation following a car accident is proving the other driver was carless or reckless and therefore at fault for both the crash and your injuries. You should work with experienced auto accident attorneys to conduct an independent, in-depth investigation into the crash and to gather evidence of what happened and why.
Evidence may include:
- The police report
- Any tickets or charges brought against the other driver
- Witness statements, including your own or passengers’ statements
- Expert witness statements, including from an accident reconstructionist
- Pictures or video of the aftermath of the accident, including property damage or other signs of the crash
- Video footage of the crash including from vehicles, traffic cameras, or nearby businesses
Contact Our Wisconsin Reckless Driving Car Accident Attorneys After a Dangerous Driving Accident
If you or a loved one were injured in a dangerous or reckless driving accident, do not hesitate to contact us. Personal injury claims following crashes can become complex. We know how to investigate the crash to determine liability and how to handle insurer’s tactics. Whether your situation is relatively straightforward or nuanced, we will strive to obtain the greatest amount of compensation available to you.