As a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I know that reckless drivers pose a huge problem to public safety. These inconsiderate idiots jeopardize the well-being of all other road users through their blatant disregard for traffic laws and the rules of the road. Perhaps the most notorious forms of reckless driving are drunk driving and texting while driving, but motorists who run stop signs and red lights, who drive without their headlights on when it is clearly necessary, or who speed or tailgate other vehicles are all unfortunately very common on the roads in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Since I have been helping auto accident victims throughout DFW since 1991, I have learned that it doesn’t matter whether the reckless driver was in a car, truck or on a motorcycle – regardless of their vehicle, if they are driving dangerously, it is only a matter of time before they cause a wreck resulting in serious bodily injury and property damage. When this happens, they will more than likely face a criminal penalty, whether it’s a traffic ticket, a suspension of their driver’s license or even arrest. But regardless of whether or not any criminal charges are brought against the reckless driver, if their negligent actions contributed to you or someone you love being hurt, Texas law gives you the right to make a civil claim for compensation to recover monetary damages associated with your medical treatment and any other costs resulting from the crash.
Avoiding a Collision with a Reckless Driver
More than likely, you have had an encounter with a reckless driver in the past. Texas is full of them. The best thing to do if another driver is following too closely behind you is usually to get out of their way and let them pass. Don’t allow them to make you frustrated, as this could possibly lead to road rage. Your chances of avoiding a wreck are far higher if you simply let the dangerous motorist go past you and soon enough they will be far away.
Unfortunately, it is not always so easy to avoid reckless drivers. Often, a motorist will whip across lanes on the interstate, weaving between traffic to try and get ahead of the congestion. The potential for a collision with such a driver is huge. No matter how safe and considerate a driver you yourself are, accidents can happen. You should always be on the lookout for potential hazards on the road and be conscious of other road users, but even so, if there is a reckless driver near, you could end up in a wreck which was by no means your fault.
When that happens, you should pick up the phone and call a board certified personal injury and wrongful death attorney at the Anderson Law Firm. We offer all accident victims and their family members a completely free no obligation consultation where we will assess your case and give you an honest estimation of the full and fair compensation you may be entitled to under Texas law.
You can call us toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally in Ft. Worth at 817-294-1900.
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