Many car accidents happen due to driver error, as everyone makes mistakes on the road at some point. However, some crashes happen because of more concerning driver conduct – some people go beyond making mistakes and drive in a reckless manner.
In Indiana, reckless driving encompasses many types of driving behaviors that put a driver and others on the road in danger. While reckless drivers might face criminal penalties, they should also face civil liability for any injuries and losses they cause to others.
If a reckless driver caused you injuries, you should not wait to discuss your legal options with a car accident lawyer in Indiana.
There are different acts that a driver can engage in that can be considered reckless driving under Indiana law. These include:
A first-time offense of reckless driving is a Class B misdemeanor, which means a driver can face a year of license suspension, up to 180 days in jail, and up to $1,000 in fines. In addition, if the reckless driver caused an accident, their insurance should have to cover any resulting losses, including medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.
After an accident, it is always wise to call 911, especially if someone’s reckless conduct caused the crash. Police officers can arrive at the scene and issue tickets or even arrest drivers who violated the law. Because reckless driving is a criminal offense in Indiana, many drivers are placed under arrest and then face criminal charges.
If a driver is convicted of reckless driving, your car accident attorney can use this conviction as complete evidence of the driver’s liability. Causing injury while violating safety laws is automatic negligence, so you would not need additional evidence of negligent conduct if a driver is convicted. Your lawyer will then focus on proving your damages, as the issue of liability should be settled.
Even if a driver is not arrested or convicted of reckless driving, it is still possible to prove liability for the accident. Your attorney can gather other types of evidence to prove that the driver’s conduct violated their duty of care on the road. Such evidence can include witness statements, video footage, accident reconstruction reports, and more.
The law firm of Blackburn Romey represents car accident victims who are injured by reckless drivers in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis, Lafayette and Terre Haute. We assist with claims involving many different circumstances, and we can assess your rights at no cost to you. Please contact us for more information and for your free case evaluation.