The Injury Firm | Las Vegas is here to help if you have been involved in a car accident with a person who engaged in reckless driving, causing a wreck (get it, hehe). Jokes aside, wrecks caused by reckless driving are no laughing matter. They often involve serious injuries because reckless driving usually includes drivers that are speeding or otherwise driving recklessly and lose control of their motor vehicles. The results are disastrous because they typically render huge impacts that can cause tremendous pain for the occupants of all vehicles involved in the collision. It is no wonder why accidents involving reckless drivers are a serious cause of injuries to individuals in the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area. If you have been involved in an accident with a reckless driver, then you should immediately reach out to our Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to recover your lost damages. We will quickly connect you with the best attorney available to handle your case, giving you immediate peace of mind, knowing that you have an experienced reckless driving attorney on your side.
What Is Reckless Driving?
NRS 484B.653 defines reckless driving as driving a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property, racing another motor vehicle, or organizing a unauthorized motor vehicle race on a public highway. Reckless driving includes speeding, making extremely unsafe turns, engaging in street races or “drifting”. You are also likely to be convicted of reckless driving if you operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs as that can easily be considered “driving a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property” as defined by the reckless driving statute in Nevada.
Penalties For The Reckless Driver
If you are found guilty of driving recklessly, then you could be subject to criminal penalties, including a misdemeanor. You can face up to six months of jail time and have your license suspended. If the reckless driving results in a death or substantial bodily injury to another person, the reckless driver could be found guilty of a category B felony and serve 1 to 6 years in prison. This is just the criminal aspect of the penalties for a reckless driver.
The civil penalties for reckless driving can be just as severe, if not more harsh. If you were injured by a reckless driver, you are entitled to damages, including both economic and non-economic. Economic damages are the damages that are easy to quantify for the most part, because you can attribute a dollar figure to them. For instance if your medical bills are $10,000.00, then that portion of your damages is $10,000.00. If you missed $30,000.00 in wages, then your economic loss for that period is $30,000.00. Pretty simple huh? Well the non-economic damages are much harder to determine, as they are typically subjective and require some sort of calculation for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a difficult damage to calculate. Contrary to popular belief, pain and suffering is not simply calculated by attributing a multiplier by your medical bills. Pain and suffering has be be awarded in a certain amount based on the Plaintiff’s actual pain and suffering, both past and future. People that are victims of reckless driving often suffer severe injuries, including broken bones, spinal chord injuries, brain trauma, and even death.
Who Is Held Liable In A Reckless Driving Case?
Liability in a reckless driving case is easier to establish than a pure negligence case because of the negligence per se theory as applied by Nevada law. Negligence per se allows a Plaintiff to establish liability by only demonstrating that a person was convicted of a crime and that the commission of the crime caused damages to the Plaintiff. See Barnes v. Delta Lines, Inc. The establishment of liability is a huge step to succeeding in a personal injury case, as you only then need to demonstrate the damages of the Plaintiff to the jury, i.e. what injuries the Plaintiff suffered as a result of the accident.
I Was Injured By A Reckless Driver. What Do I Do Now?
If you were injured at the hands of a reckless driver, then you should immediately contact the Injury Firm | Las Vegas to discuss the situation with an experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer that can pursue the matter on your behalf. You need to have an experienced lawyer handle the insurance companies involved and direct your attention to the proper way to substantiate your bodily injury claim. This includes what you should do if you are injured as a result of a reckless driver. We have handled countless cases against reckless drivers and intoxicated drivers with amazing results. Call us today and find out why our clients appreciate our services.