Driving recklessly is against the law, and for good reason. Reckless drivers engage in behaviors that may be the cause of an injury or fatal accident. If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of a reckless driver, then a lawyer may be able to obtain compensation from that driver and other liable parties. If your loved one passed away because of an accident caused by a reckless driver, then a Cranberry Township reckless driving accident lawyer may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit for you or your loved ones.
Victims of accidents that happen in Cranberry Township, PA deserve justice. Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 to speak with our team about starting a case for compensation.
Reckless Driving Is Illegal in Cranberry Township
Reckless driving is not permitted in Cranberry Township, nor in the rest of the state of Pennsylvania. Pa. C.S.A. § 3736 states that “any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.”
The criminal penalties for reckless driving generally include fines, but the person who caused your accident may also be financially responsible for your losses.
For a free legal consultation with a reckless driving accident lawyer serving Cranberry Township, call 412-661-1400
How Berger and Green May Help You After an Accident
The team at Berger and Green may help you in several ways following an accident caused by reckless driving. The team may:
Identify the Parties Legally Responsible for Your Losses
Accidents caused by reckless driving can have devastating outcomes, injury and death being among the possibilities. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that a driver is usually responsible for an accident, other parties may be responsible too.
Your lawyer and their team will work to pinpoint every party who is legally responsible for the losses that come from your accident. Employers and city governments are among the parties that could be liable.
Handle the Administrative Aspects of a Lawsuit
A lawsuit consists of far more than negotiations. Throughout the course of completing a lawsuit, you may need to file several different documents, engage in communications with other lawyers, and ensure that the case is moving forward as necessary. Your lawyer will oversee all aspects of your lawsuit to ensure that it reaches a resolution.
Negotiate a Settlement
Settling may be the target outcome for your lawsuit. Successfully negotiating a settlement means that you will not have to go to court in any capacity and can still produce a resolution that is beneficial to you.
In order to negotiate a settlement, your lawyer will produce a record of your losses. Knowing the ways in which your reckless driving accident has harmed you is essential to negotiating a fair settlement.
For more details about how a Cranberry Township reckless driving accident lawyer could work for you, call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400.
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Reckless Driving Includes Several Actions
The specific form of recklessness that led to your accident may be highly relevant to your case. Your lawyer may recreate how your accident occurred as they seek compensation, and this will mean identifying specific reckless actions by the responsible driver.
Reckless driving is a more serious offense than careless driving, as the penalties detailed in Pa. C.S.A. § 3714 indicates. Assigning a driver a ticket for reckless driving or careless driver may come down to a law enforcement officer’s discretion.
Some of the behaviors that may qualify as reckless driving are:
- Intentionally violating traffic signals
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Evading a law enforcement officer
- Driving in an aggressive manner
Behaviors such as speeding or tailgating could also be considered reckless driving. Your lawyer will make the case that you are the victim of a reckless driver and that their recklessness caused your accident and subsequent losses.
The general case that your lawyer may make is this:
- A reckless driver owed you a duty of care
- By driving recklessly, that driver violated their duty of care to you
- The driver’s reckless actions caused your accident
- Your accident resulted in one or more losses for which you are seeking compensation
At the time that they make this case, your lawyer will be familiar with your losses and how they have cost you.
Your Lawyer Will Aim for a Fair Settlement
Your lawyer will calculate how much all of your accident-related losses are worth. You may be compensated for losses that are economic in nature, as well as those that are not.
Some of the economic losses for which your lawyer may seek compensation are:
- The cost of repairing damage to your vehicle
- The cost of replacing your vehicle if it is totaled
- The cost of medical care for your injuries
- The cost of income you lose because of your accident-related injuries
- The cost of any medication you require for your injuries
You may have more economic losses than these, and your lawyer will seek compensation for those as well. Other losses from a reckless driving accident can be non-economic. Though these losses do not have an obvious financial cost, they may be worth a significant portion of your settlement.
Some non-economic losses that may come from a reckless driving accident are:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
You may discover through talks with your lawyer that you have suffered losses beyond what you are already aware of.
Call Berger and Green Today
There may be statutes of limitations that apply to your case, so you may not want to wait before calling the team at Berger and Green. They will explain whether you are eligible to bring a lawsuit or insurance claim, and a Cranberry Township reckless driving accident lawyer may then begin working on your case.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 to complete your free consultation.