Driving is a very serious responsibility that requires skill and attention. A single careless action endangers the driver and everyone else around him. That carelessness can transform a vehicle into a deadly weapon. Regardless of the risks, drivers commonly engage in reckless conduct that includes racing, failing to yield, cutting off other drivers, and driving while intoxicated, fatigued or distracted.
You have the right to damages from a driver who injured you while acting recklessly. Berenson Injury Law can help you. Attorney Bill Berenson is an accomplished trial attorney with a long list of awards and honors, including Texas Board Certification in the field of Personal Injury Trial Law since 1994 and National Association of Distinguished Counsel designation as a Nation's Top One Percent Attorney. He has almost 40 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies to try to obtain the maximum possible compensation for his clients. He also has extensive experience arguing cases before a jury if trial can reach better results.What is a Reckless Driving Misdemeanor?
Reckless driving is a criminal traffic offense under the Texas Transportation Code. A person commits a reckless driving misdemeanor if the person drives a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
The reckless driving charge can be a catch-all for a broad range of dangerous driving conduct such as excessively speeding, tailgating, weaving between lanes, texting while driving and exhibiting aggressive road rage behavior. Unfortunately, drunk drivers are able to sometimes negotiate a plea to reckless driving when prosecutors have insufficient evidence to prove the defendant was driving while intoxicated (DWI).
A 2016 study conducted by a consumer support company examined the reckless driving and speeding laws and penalties in all states. The researchers ranked Texas the most lenient state in the country. A person convicted of reckless driving can be fined up to $200 and sentenced to up to 30 days in jail. Texas law imposes no minimum fine or term of incarceration. In fact, drivers typically receive no jail time unless the reckless driver caused a serious collision.How a Reckless Driving Charge Affects Your Civil Claim
A reckless driving conviction is prima facie evidence of civil liability, meaning the driver who was cited was behaving recklessly unless she can prove otherwise. The standard of proof is much lower in civil court. Therefore, a driver who is acquitted in the criminal court may nonetheless be held liable under civil law.
However, simply introducing the ticket is not enough. You still must show that the reckless driving caused the crash. Our auto accident attorney is skilled at investigating the driver’s careless conduct and demonstrating the link between the conduct and the crash. To build a strong case, we analyze police reports and review the criminal files in addition to conducting our own investigation into the collision. We may subpoena phone records, look for video cameras in the area, and interview witnesses to construct a timeline of events leading up to the car crash. We use this evidence to prove that the accident would not have occurred except for the reckless driving.Schedule Your Free Case Analysis with Our Dallas Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer
There is no excuse for reckless driving and Berenson Injury Law holds the reckless driver accountable for injuries you sustained. Discuss your claim with our experienced Dallas Fort Worth reckless driving accident lawyer to learn more about your rights to recovery. Your case analysis is free and handled pursuant to our contingency fee plan, meaning you do not pay us any money until we recover money for you.