Although someone may attempt to justify their reckless driving, the Mississippi civil courts might look at things far differently. Anyone who commits blatant and dangerous moving violations could inflict terrible harm on others if an accident occurs. In such situations, the driver may be served with a civil lawsuit.
Reckless driving and its dangers
Reckless driving refers to behavior behind the wheel that grossly disregards the safety of others. Even common moving violations, such as speeding, reflect such behavior. Speeding could be deemed more reckless depending on how fast someone goes above the speed limit or if they were driving too fast for road conditions. Regardless, speeding is a moving violation, and any speeding driver who causes a crash may be liable.
Reckless driving often involves poor judgment. Aggressive drivers may feel unhappy about waiting behind several cars at a red light. Choosing to cross double lines into oncoming traffic to make a left turn could prove to be a horrible way to deal with the situation when a head-on collision happens.
Another example of poor judgment is getting into a car and driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. The same may apply to lane-splitting, tailgating and many more dangerous actions.
Inflicting harm while driving recklessly
Once a reckless driver becomes involved in an accident, the situation may become far more serious than merely risking a traffic citation. The driver could face a personal injury lawsuit for any property damage or bodily harm inflicted on the victims.
A lawsuit could seek compensation for various damages, such as lost wages and related expenses. Persons hurt by an incredibly negligent driver might also seek punitive damages.
If you have been injured as a result of a reckless driver, you should consult with an experienced attorney who handles these specific types of cases.