Reckless and Aggressive Driving Accidents
Reckless and aggressive driving contributes to hundreds of injuries and deaths on Texas roads every year. Most recent statistics indicate that speeding alone caused 156 fatal crashes and 3,611 serious injury crashes. Other aggressive driving practices like tailgating make these statistics even more troubling. If you were involved in an accident caused by a reckless driver, you shouldn't have to worry about paying out of pocket for your accident-related expenses.
Contact a Houston car accident lawyer at Stern Law Group today and tell us about your car accident in a free, confidential case evaluation.
Common Types of Reckless Driving
Every year, the Texas Department of Transportation compiles traffic crash data. One report they issue is traffic crashes by contributing factor – in other words, what caused the accident. Some prevalent crash factors are types of aggressive driving, such as:
- Following Too Closely – Contributes to 8 fatal crashes and 3,011 total crashes annually
- Failure to Control Speed – Contributes to 271 fatal crashes and 90,931 total crashes annually
- Overtake and Pass Insufficient Clearance – Contributes to 8 fatal crashes and 162 total crashes annually
- Passed in No Passing Lane – Contributes to 11 fatal crashes and 457 total crashes annually
- Speeding (Over Limit) – Contributes to 118 fatal crashes and 945 crashes annually
- Road Rage – Contributes to 6 fatal crashes and 232 total crashes annually
Determining Fault in a Reckless Driving Accident
Fault or "liability" rests with the driver responsible for the accident. Insurance companies use multiple factors to determine liability. They will typically evaluate the police report of the incident, your testimony, the other driver's testimony, eyewitness testimony (if any), and potentially evaluate the physical state of the vehicles to determine if the stories match the damage.
Reckless driving, in all of its forms, is a violation of Texas traffic laws. If the driver that hit you was driving recklessly at the time of the crash, they should be held responsible. You may still be able to recover compensation even if the insurance company determines that you are partially liable for the crash.
Contacting a Houston Car Accident Attorney
If this happened to you, contact a Houston car accident attorney at Stern Law Group. Our firm has won more than $700 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Auto accident cases are an area of emphasis for our firm, and with over 150 years of collective legal experience, you can trust that choosing us will mean your case is in good hands. Call us 24/7 for a free consultation to discuss your case – (877) 661-9900.