Suppose you have been in a car accident in New York. In that case, several issues need to be dealt with, including getting medical attention, contacting the police and the DMV, filing an automobile or motorcycle insurance claim, gathering evidence, and seeking compensation for the damages.  

If the accident happened as a result of reckless driving from the other party, you may be entitled to several types of compensation, including medical bills, lost wages, vehicle damage, lost earning potential, and other out-of-pocket expenses. You might also get compensation for your non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and anxiety caused by the reckless driving of the other party.  

To make sure you get full and fair compensation for your suffering, you must hire an experienced reckless driving accident lawyer. If you are a resident of Bronx, NY, or anywhere in the state of New York, you are welcome to contact us at Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law to hire an experienced attorney.

Reckless Driving

What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving means using a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the users of public highways. The New York VTL (Vehicle and Traffic Law) 1212 defines reckless driving as “driving in a way that interferes with free and proper use of public highways.”  

Examples of reckless driving include racing other vehicles, running a red light, passing a school bus that has its stop sign down, passing on blind curves, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving at speeds well above the limit. In the state of New York, driving at 30 mph over the speed limit can be considered reckless driving.

Drivers should note that routine traffic violations can be elevated to a crime if the driving behavior is deemed reckless by the law enforcement officer. For example, driving the wrong way on a one-way street can be elevated from a routine traffic offense to a criminal charge punishable by law through fines, arrest, and jail. Similarly, ignoring a stop sign might sound like a routine mistake; however, depending on the circumstances and consequences of the event and the judgment of the law enforcement officers, this simple mistake can be considered reckless driving.

In New York, reckless driving is an unclassified demeanor, which means it is a crime for which the driver can be arrested and sentenced to jail. The driver can also have a reckless driving offense as part of their permanent criminal record. Victims of reckless driving are entitled to compensation for their damages and suffering. Please continue reading to learn how an attorney can help victims of reckless driving.

How Can a Reckless Driving Accident Attorney Help?

If a reckless driver has injured you, you should use your precious time to recover from the accident. You should also allow an attorney to reduce your burden of communicating with the insurance company, gathering evidence, maximizing your settlement claim, and if needed, filing a lawsuit.

An attorney experienced in reckless driving accidents can help you gather evidence admissible in court. This includes video surveillance, police reports, official medical records, witness statements, photos and videos from the accident scene, cell phone records to check if the driver was distracted, toxicology reports, and any arrests or citations that were made as a result of the crash.  

Another key advantage of hiring an attorney is that they guide you on handling negotiations with the opposition party, who will try to maximize their interest by offering you an unfair settlement offer. The insurance company will also look to minimize their costs and payout by shifting the blame of the accident to you or arguing that the accident wasn’t serious enough to cause any major injuries. 

Getting expert guidance from an attorney through these complex and critical processes will reduce your stress and help maximize the likelihood of you winning the case or getting a reasonable settlement offer.

Get Free Consultation at Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law

In New York City, there is a car accident every two hours that results in a serious injury or death. If you have been in a reckless driving car accident, allow us to help you get full and fair compensation for your suffering. Even if you are guilty of being partially at fault for the accident, we can help you through the legal process and prepare a solid defense to minimize charges or reduce the charges to a less serious offense.

To schedule a free consultation, please call us. The previous clients of Jesse Minc Personal Injury Law have been extremely satisfied with our services, and we will be glad to share client testimonials. There are no upfront costs when we take a case, so you only pay if we settle or win your case. We look forward to hearing from you soon.