A driver is behaving recklessly when they are consciously or unmistakably disregarding others’ safety in the way they’re driving. Understanding how reckless drivers are defined under Florida law helps when determining your options in regards to seeking compensation.
What constitutes reckless driving?
It doesn’t take much for a person’s behavior behind the wheel to be classified as reckless. Most types of driving can turn into reckless driving depending on the situation. Weather conditions, the presence of pedestrians, and road construction are common factors that impact how recklessness may be classified.
After you’ve suffered an injury, the first thing to do is assess how much damage has been done. To do this, it may be necessary to be examined by a health care professional. Evaluating the extent of your injuries is necessary to determine the amount of compensation that you may be entitled to.
It may help to read the police accident report and review any other documentation to determine whether the other driver’s recklessness caused the motor vehicle accident. Fully investigating the other driver’s behavior is an important part of determining whether you are eligible for compensation.
What types of expenses are compensated?
Many people seek compensation to pay their medical bills after an encounter with a reckless driver. These injuries often lead to expensive care including time spent in the hospital, long-term care, and surgical procedures.
Your compensation may cover other types of expenses as well. This might include repairs to your car and other property that was damaged or if it becomes necessary to hire a sitter or transportation service.
Suffering serious injuries from an auto accident could result in having to take some time off to recover. Through legal action, it may be possible to be compensated for lost past and future wages and other work-related damages.
For the most extreme cases of reckless driving, punitive damages may be assessed.