Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer in Houston
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 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
When Can Speeding Be Considered Reckless Driving?
Speed limits are in place for a reason – for the safety of all motorists and passengers on our roadways. They vary depending on the type and location of the road, such as a straight roadway versus a steep curve or an open freeway versus a residential street. In addition to obeying speed limits, drivers should adjust their speed according to current conditions. Road, weather, and traffic should all be taken into account and speed adjusted accordingly to safely operate a motor vehicle, even if this means driving slower than the posted speed limit. Driving in heavy rain on slick roads, for example, may warrant a slower speed than the posted limit on a highway.
When drivers speed, they increase their chances of causing a collision. Speeding affects maneuverability and reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to changes in traffic or an obstacle on the road. Speeding also increases the chances that any resulting collision will cause catastrophic injury or death, as the force of impact will be greater. Taking these factors into account, it is easy to see why speeding is one of the greatest dangers we face as drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.
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.
Contact Our Experienced Houston Legal Team
At Stern Law Group, we are committed to helping those who have been injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents involving drivers who were speeding. If you were involved in such an accident, a Houston attorney at our firm may be able to help you seek justice. With more than 15 decades of collective legal experience and an unwavering commitment to protecting the rights of the injured, our legal team has won more than $700 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients and is here to fight for you.
Call us 24/7 for a free consultation to discuss your case – (877) 661-9900.