Tampa and Sarasota Reckless Driving Accident Attorneys
Dangerous drivers are out there, and they come in all varieties. Reckless drivers, however, are among the most dangerous drivers of all. Because reckless driving involves an utter disregard for the safety of others, the State of Florida takes a strict stance against reckless drivers.
State law does not automatically provide compensation that injured accident victims deserve, however, which can often include punitive damages in reckless driving cases. If you or someone you love has been injured by a reckless driver, you need our experienced and results-driven Sarasota and Tampa car accident attorneys on your side as soon as possible.
Recklessness Goes Beyond Negligence
Driver negligence is often at the core of dangerous traffic accidents, and such negligence can take many forms, including:
- Exceeding the speed limit
When a motorist moves beyond negligence to the point of being reckless, however, it takes things to a new level of danger.
In Florida, reckless driving refers to motorists who willfully and wantonly disregard the safety of other people and/or their property. Willful in this context means that the motorist’s actions were done intentionally, purposely, or knowingly. Wanton here means that the motorist possessed an intentional indifference to the consequences wrought by his or her actions and knew that these actions were likely to cause harm. For example, fleeing a police officer in one’s vehicle or driving while drunk are considered reckless driving. Such drivers should be fully responsible for any and all harm they cause, and we’re ready to make sure that happens.
Reckless drivers are not concerned with the safety of others, which helps to ensure that any ensuing accidents are that much more dangerous. This means that the damages you face are likely to be extensive and can include any or all of the following:
- Medical expenses that range from emergency care and transportation, surgery and hospitalization, care and treatment from doctors and medical specialists, rehabilitation, physical therapy, home health care, and much more.
- Serious injuries often translate to protracted absences at work, which can lead to lost wages and even to a decrease in your future ability to earn.
- The violence and terror associated with the accidents caused by reckless drivers can be emotionally devastating, and the emotional pain and suffering you face can be exceptionally difficult to overcome.
Obtaining compensation that addresses your damages in their entirety can be the deciding factor in your ability to fully recover.
One of the most common forms of reckless driving is speeding excessively. While many drivers will bend the speed limit a bit from time to time, it is another matter entirely when a driver disregards the speed limit entirely and drives at top speed – with no regard for the safety of others on the road. The fact of the matter is that driving too fast leaves the motorist far more vulnerable to losing control of his or her vehicle and to causing a deadly accident.
It’s Time to Call an Experienced Sarasota and Tampa Reckless Driving Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one is injured by a reckless driver, the formidable car accident attorneys at Matthews Injury Law in both Sarasota and Tampa are well-prepared to advocate for full justice and compensation for you, and we won’t hesitate to take your case to court when needed. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 813-530-1000 or 941-877-5800 today.