All drivers in Texas have an obligation to drive safely and obey traffic laws. When they don’t, innocent people will get badly hurt and even killed. That’s why reckless driving is a serious offense in Texas that carries heavy fines and possible jail time, even when it’s prosecuted as a misdemeanor.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a reckless driver in Dallas, you have the right to seek compensation to cover the cost of your injuries and other expenses caused by the accident. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we specialize in getting compensation for people with severe injuries that were caused by other people’s negligent actions. Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today.
According to Texas statues, reckless driving is defined as “operating a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Speeding often results in a reckless driving conviction, but there isn’t a specific number of miles per hours over the speed limit when the driver would automatically be subject to reckless driving charges.
Drivers may be charged with reckless driving for several types of careless or aggressive behavior that endangers people on the road. The following types of behavior may be factored into a reckless driving charge:
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Driving while intoxicated
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic signs
- Running a red light
- Evading the police
- Street racing
Some states have specific laws against aggressive driving, which include speeding, tailgating, and other types of angry or selfish driving behavior. But aggressive driving is not a statutory offense in Texas, so drivers who engage in these types of dangerous behavior may be charged with reckless driving.
Drivers can be charged with reckless driving in any traffic area, including roads, highways, parking lots, and garages. Reckless driving is usually prosecuted as a misdemeanor unless several offenses are involved, or it involves extremely hazardous conduct such as racing.
When drivers are charged with street racing or evading the police, penalties become much more severe. Reckless driving can also result in felony charges when someone is injured or dies.
Street racing and other types of reckless driving are extremely hazardous behaviors that have no place on our roads and highways. At The Lenahan Law Firm, our Dallas car accident attorneys meet victims of reckless driving and their families all the time. These people have had their lives shattered by a serious injury or the loss of a loved one.
Many of our clients are struggling to live with grave injuries that will require a lifetime of medical treatment and daily professional care. Injuries frequently caused by reckless driving include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Internal organ injuries
- Bone fractures
- Crush injuries
- Severe burns
- Loss of limb
- Spine injuries and paralysis
- Wrongful death
At The Lenahan Law Firm, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in settlements for our clients. We do everything we can to help people put their lives back together after an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
We only handle a limited number of severe injury cases, and we give each client our total attention. The Lenahan Law Firm has the resources to take on big insurance companies and win. Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today. We’re on your side.