Reckless driving involves someone not caring about others’ safety while behind the wheel. A reckless driver could cause a collision that may harm other drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. Some accidents could leave victims fighting for their lives. Persons who suffer harm from a reckless driver’s behavior in Minnesota may explore ways to seek compensation from them.
If someone wantonly ignores traffic laws or drives aggressively, the person increases the potential for a collision. One example of such behavior involves a driver stopped at a red light who floors the gas pedal when pedestrians start crossing. Attempts to turn before the pedestrians cross may result in fatalities.
Other examples could include passing vehicles on the right at unsafe speeds, tailgating, going through stop signs, and more. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be another example of reckless behavior. Other careless acts might seem less egregious, but they could still be dangerous.
Distracted driving often involves taking unnecessary and dangerous risks. For example, carrying on a phone call or fixing one’s clothes while operating a vehicle affects attention and consists in removing hands from the wheel. Even hands-free action could be dangerous, such as dictating a text message on a voice-operated system. Such behaviors may distract some enough to cause a collision.
If a driver negligently hits another vehicle or person, the driver could be civilly liable for the injuries. In addition, the victims could file a lawsuit to pay for their pain, suffering, and financial losses. Persons hurt in motor vehicle accidents may find themselves out of work and dealing with high medical bills. Filing a lawsuit could help them receive compensation.
The injured party could file a claim when the reckless driver carries sufficient auto liability insurance. The claim would be subject to the policy’s limits, but victims might sue beyond the policy’s amount.