Reckless Driving

People drive recklessly or carelessly often, and Georgia drivers are no exception. Somebody may have hit you after you saw them drive a vehicle recklessly. People who drive in this manner put others on the road at risk, and you may have become a victim to this behavior. Your first instinct might be to sue this driver, especially considering that reckless driving is a crime in Georgia — but can you?

What Is Reckless Driving?

The state of Georgia classifies reckless driving as a serious traffic offense. The state laws describe those who commit reckless driving as those who drive with reckless disregard for the safety of people and property. Reckless driving is typically a misdemeanor.

Excessive speed is one way in which people drive carelessly. Depending on the circumstances, a driver may be deemed as driving recklessly. Reckless driving also encompasses dangerous passing and exhibition of aggression behind the wheel.

Can You Sue a Driver for Reckless Driving?

You may have a strong case against a driver who drove recklessly and caused your car accident. In any personal injury case, the goal is to prove that another individual caused an incident with their negligent behavior. When a driver fails to drive with care, he or she may be deemed negligent in a personal injury case.

If a driver exhibiting reckless behavior injured you in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Keep in mind that you must be able to prove your injuries with medical documentation, including records and bills.

You should also know that Georgia does allow for comparative fault, which means you could be found partially at fault for the accident, even if the other person behaved recklessly. Perhaps the other driver was reckless, but you were also speeding, which meant your actions contributed to the severity of the incident.

If you are found partially at fault for the accident, you may not be entitled for as much money as your injuries are worth. You may receive some compensation, but not the full amount you ask for. Speak to an attorney if you have concerns.

Who Can Sue a Reckless Driver?

You may sue a reckless driver if you were a fellow driver struck by the individual or if a reckless driver caused an accident in which you were injured regardless of whether he or she actually hit you. You may even be the passenger in the vehicle driven by the reckless driver.

You may also sue a reckless driver if you were a pedestrian and were struck by the reckless driver, sustaining injuries, or if you are a property owner whose belongings were struck by the driver. You may sue for property damage.

Finally, you may sue a reckless driver if you have a loved one who was killed in an accident caused by the driver. He or she could have been a fellow driver or a passenger in the reckless driver’s vehicle.

How Should You Pursue a Reckless Driving Case?

A personal injury attorney is the best person to meet with to discuss your case against a reckless driver. Georgia has a statute of limitations of two years, which means you must file your case within two years after you discover your injuries. You will lose your right to seek compensation if you do not file your case within this time frame.

Are you ready to meet with a lawyer to discuss your case? Wells and McElwee, P.C., offers representation to northeast Georgia clients. Call our office today to discuss your case and establish a plan to receive compensation for your injuries or damages. We offer free consultations.