Reckless driving is dangerous no matter how “in control” the driver believes that they are in. Speed limits and various driving laws are in place because they work. Generally, speed limits are posted because the state has determined that this speed is around the fastest that a passenger vehicle can safely operate given the conditions of the roadway that the limit is posted on. Reckless driving goes beyond speeding and generally pertains to any situation where a driver disregards the rules of the road. This can range from something as extreme as street racing, to as common as something like operating a GPS while driving. Each of these situations, while very different in nature, are similar in that they show a disregard for traffic laws.
If you have been involved in an accident with a reckless driver in Central Florida, it is important that you follow the proper steps to ensure that you are legally protected no matter what comes of the accident and your injuries. Take a look below at some of the important steps to take following a car accident with a reckless driver, and contact us as soon as possible to begin working with an attorney on your case. We will be happy to look through the details of your accident, discuss your injuries, answer any questions that you may have, and determine how we can work together best in order to get you the justice that you deserve.
What To Do After an Accident With a Reckless Driver
The first thing to do after any car accident is to make sure that you and your passengers are safe to the best of your ability. In some cases, this may mean getting yourself and your passengers out of the vehicle and to a safe area such as a breakdown lane, median strip, sidewalk, parking lot, or somewhere else that gets you out of oncoming traffic and away from possible hazards like leaking fluids or even open flames. However, there are other cases where you should not move a person unless it is absolutely necessary, including any time when you suspect that they have suffered from a spine injury.
Equally important is to contact the police, who will be able to secure the area, take witness statements, file an accident report, issue citations, and manage the scene while EMTs attend to the victims of the crash. If you suspect that the other driver was acting recklessly leading up to the car accident, it is important that you inform the police about this suspicion. In addition, you will benefit from collecting any eyewitness accounts possible. We will work with you in order to collect as much evidence as possible to prove that the other driver acted recklessly, and put you in this situation because of their poor decision making.
Seek Medical Attention
If you have been injured, it is extremely important that you get medical attention as soon as possible, whether it is from the EMTs on the scene, or with your own doctor once you have left the accident. Regardless, what may initially seem like a minor and inconsequential injury may ultimately turn into something that has a significant impact on your life, so it is important that you begin to monitor it as soon as possible. In addition to monitoring it to stay healthy and safe, these interactions also establish a medical record of the injury that can be traced back to the accident. This will be very helpful in the event that you are required to seek compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. Any documentation that supports your claims will be central in establishing your case, from medical records to police reports, as well as the eyewitness accounts, surveillance tapes, and more.
Contact Us Today
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, contact the team at Abercrombie P.A. today to learn more about your rights and options as a victim of a reckless driving crash. We will go through all of the details and work with you to ensure that your case is solid and that the damages we are fighting for are fair and equitable given your situation. Our history of success with injuries stemming from reckless driving will be a great asset to your case moving forward, and we will be happy to discuss your situation with you in detail as soon as possible.