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Reckless Driving

When a driver operates a vehicle recklessly or aggressively, they are risking the lives of the other people on the road. No one should have to suffer because someone was driving destructively. If a tragic accident should happen due to their negligent behavior, that driver needs to be held accountable for the damage and injuries that they cause.

Reckless driving in California is considered either a major traffic violation or an extreme driving offense. People often use the term reckless driving interchangeably with driving without due care, improper driving, or careless driving, any of which can lead to serious car accidents. Reckless drivers disobey traffic signals, ignore other motorists on the roads, and exhibit a blatant disregard for the rules and regulations of the roads.

Table of ContentsCalifornia Reckless Driver Law and Reckless Behavior Definition

California's reckless behavior definition from Vehicle Code Section 23100-23135 translates reckless driving on the state level as: “a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.”

Reckless Driving ExamplesReckless Driving Examples
  • Speeding
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Tailgating
  • Illegal lane changes
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Distracted driving
  • Drugged driving
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Racing
  • Running a stop sign or red light
  • Driving too fast in inclement weather
  • Passing on the wrong side of the road

All of these behaviors pose a serious risk to the safety of others on the roads and penalties can include a fine and imprisonment while having the one's driver license suspended.I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento personal injury attorney who has fought for the injured victims of California for over three decades. If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless or aggressive driver, contact me at 916.921.6400. I take on only the most serious personal injury cases. I have represented thousands of seriously injured victims.Reckless and aggressive drivers are not limited to smaller vehicles, either. There have been many catastrophic truck accidents that were attributable to reckless or aggressive behavior – and truck accidents are known to leave victims with life-altering injuries from which many never recover.

reckless driving truckTypes Reckless and Aggressive Driver Injuries

The list of injuries that reckless and aggressive drivers cause is endless. There is one similarity with all the injuries that happen, they could have been avoided. All of these injuries can have a catastrophic effect on victims, leaving them in financial despair, worrying about how they are going to pay their bills. For the victims who provide for families, the question of how they are going to continue to support them weighs heavily. Having a vehicle out of commission exacerbates the situation even more.I handle the following types of injuries:

If you have questions about your reckless driver accident, call me at 916.921.6400. You could also send me an email or fill out my online form to get in touch with me. I’ll try to answer all of your questions and inform you of your legal rights.

Holding Drivers Who Commit Dangerous Actions Accountable

Thousands of people are put in harm’s way every day because of drivers who commit dangerous actions behind the wheel of their cars. I have been referred to as the “personal” personal injury attorney because I take the time to listen to your concerns, your worries, the hardships that you are enduring due to your injuries, and how your injuries have impacted your family. I thoroughly investigate the details of your accident and gather all the crucial evidence to ensure that your personal injury claim is airtight.Not only will I pursue the maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, I can also help you recover the property damage your vehicle sustained. I am here to make a positive difference in your life from the moment I take your case to the collection of your settlement or verdict – and beyond.Feel free to visit my biography page to read more about me. You can also visit my staff page to read about the amazing group of people I have surrounded myself with to help ensure my clients are treated like family and provided only the best legal representation.

Pay Attention to Time Limits to File Lawsuits

I have seen people get so consumed with fighting their daily financial struggles while dealing with pain and insurance companies that they come close to missing the time limit California has imposed for filing personal injury lawsuits. While two years may seem like a long time, after a car accident, it goes by incredibly fast leaving some victims with little time to get the appropriate paperwork filed. It is crucial to contact a California reckless driver accident attorney as soon after you have been in an accident as possible.

Reckless Driver Accident Verdicts and Settlements

I fight for my clients. In March of 2016, one of my clients was ecstatic to hear the jury return a verdict of $2,880,984 for her injuries. The negligent driver had failed to stop at a stop sign, crashing into our client, a young woman approximately 26 years old. She experienced immediate neck, back, knee, and leg pain. Her legs and knees were swollen, bruised, and painful when she was taken to the Emergency Room and she continued to experience problems with her legs and knees as time went on. Our client also complained of neck and back issues, but lack of medical insurance delayed treatment. Eight months after she was injured in the collision, she obtained an MRI which indicated that a disc herniation was blocking 80 percent of her spinal canal. Lack of medical insurance once again delayed the surgery that was recommended, but months later, our client had no choice but to get emergency surgery at the onset of cauda equina syndrome, which can lead to total paralysis.Although the negligent driver’s insurance company admitted liability for the accident, they argued that the herniated disc was unrelated and would not pay for the medical treatment. Regardless, I fought for my client obtaining a favorable outcome. I have a solid track record of winning large settlements and verdicts for my clients.If you are interested in reading about more of my clients and the verdicts and settlements I have won for them, feel free to look over my Verdicts and Settlements page. If you are currently looking for a California reckless driver accident attorney to help you file suit, that is one of the crucial things to take into consideration – their past verdicts and settlements.

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Sacramento Reckless Driving Accident Attorneys

I'm Ed Smith, a Sacramento Reckless Driving Accident Attorney. If you are or a member of your family has been injured or suffered wrongful death due to the negligence of another party, please give me a call promptly at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 or free and friendly advice.I’ve worked hard obtaining compensation for my personal injury and wrongful death clients since 1982.Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are top ranked US trial lawyers who have obtained multiple million dollar case verdicts and settlements.See the results I have obtained on our past verdicts and settlements page.See my client reviews listed here: Avvo, Google, and Yelp.Visit our personal injury website.:sb/mr/bw/ab* [02.09.18] 1284 cs jc

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