Brooklyn Reckless Driving Accident Lawyers
Car Accident Lawyers in Brooklyn Helping Victims of Reckless Drivers
Drivers are reckless when they engage in behavior that they know carries a high degree of risk to those around them. In this way, reckless drivers are even more morally culpable than negligent drivers. When someone has been negligent, they have been careless, usually because they are distracted or just lazy. But a reckless driver knows they are taking an unacceptable risk with their actions—and they take the risk anyway.
Our Brooklyn reckless driving accident attorneys are proud to represent car accident victims. We know that holding these drivers legally accountable is the best way to ensure fewer people engage in this type of dangerous behavior.
Examples of Reckless Driving
Some of the more common reckless acts a motorist can take behind the wheel of a vehicle include:
- Passing illegally
- Driving on the sidewalk
- Pulling into a crowd of people
- Speeding through a crosswalk when there are pedestrians crossing
- Running a red light
- Driving after drinking alcohol or doing drugs
- Driving after taking a drug that has drowsiness as a side effect
These actions are unacceptable, and too many motorists and pedestrians are injured by drivers whose reckless actions cause crashes. If you have been hurt, contact an experienced New York car accident lawyer to review your legal options.
Obtaining Compensation for a Reckless Driving Accident
Reckless driving accidents often cause horrific injuries. Many of the dangerous behaviors listed above endanger the public to a greater degree, because the driver is going so fast or because he strikes innocent pedestrians.
Our lawyers have managed to obtain compensatory damages for medical treatments, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. If a client suffered emotional distress because of the accident, we can seek monetary compensation for that as well.
With reckless drivers, a victim might also receive punitive damages. Unlike compensatory damages, punitive damages are orientated toward punishing a driver whose conduct is abhorrent. Someone who has engaged in reckless or wanton conduct might have to pay punitive damages.
Our clients keep their punitive damages in addition to their compensatory damages. The amount of punitive damages available depends on the case, including the amount of resources a defendant has. New York insurers do not indemnify their insured for punitive damage awards since doing so would undermine the deterrent effect punitive damages are designed to have. A defendant with few assets probably cannot pay much by way of punitive damages, though it often doesn’t hurt to seek them anyway.
Contact a Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer in Brooklyn Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
After a reckless driving accident, injured victims might struggle for months with medical treatment and rehabilitation. Let us handle the legal work. Getting fair compensation is often tricky because many insurers try to slide out from under their legal obligations when a driver has been reckless.
Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman today. Our firm has tackled many reckless driving cases on behalf of our clients, so we know how to squeeze out the maximum compensation from any defendant.