When someone operates a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for other people’s safety, their actions often end in collisions and serious injuries. Texas law protects those who suffer injuries in such reckless driving accidents.
D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ has reckless driving accident lawyers serving McAllen residents who suffer injuries through a reckless driver’s negligence. We respect the challenges that accident victims face, and we take pride in providing our clients with professional, accessible services and giving them peace of mind that we are handling their cases with care.
Holding Reckless Drivers Accountable for Financial Losses
Personal injury laws protect people who sustain injuries due to aggressive drivers’ negligence. If a reckless driving accident meets all the following criteria, D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ can help you hold the aggressive driver liable for your damages:
- Duty of care: The reckless driver had a responsibility—as does any driver on the road—to keep other people safe from harm.
- Breach of duty: The reckless driver acted in a way that violated this duty of care.
- Causation: The reckless driver’s behavior caused another person to sustain injuries.
- Damages: The injured person suffered recoverable damages as a result of their injury.
When our firm accepts a reckless driving accident case in McAllen, we investigate the accident and our client’s damages, gathering evidence to support each of the above arguments.
How We Investigate a Reckless Driving Accident
When you hire our firm to pursue damages following your reckless driving accident, our team launches an investigation of your collision. Our objective is to gather all the evidence we need to show that the other driver’s negligence caused the accident, that you suffered injury from the accident, and that your injury generated financial losses that we can demand the at-fault party pay.
Toward this end, we shall:
- Travel to the accident scene to gather evidence
- Interview witnesses
- Review traffic camera footage and other devices
- Reconstruct the accident
- Obtain the police report
- Gather medical reports related to your injury
- Seek wage statements from your employer
We will also talk to experts who can further elaborate on how your injury will affect your future from a medical, economic, occupational, and psychological perspective.
Types of Damages You Might Recover
No two motor vehicle accident cases share identical outcomes and damages. The extent of your injuries and how they affect you determine what you might recover in this type of lawsuit.
Examples of Damages From Reckless Driving Accidents
Our lawyers know what evidence to look for and where to find it to prove the damages you sustained and those you will face later in life. We will construct a comprehensive list of all your injury-related losses, which might include the following damages:
- Past and future costs of medical treatment
- Physical rehabilitation/therapy
- Prescription medications
- Replacement services
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished future earning potential
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Time Limitations for Filing a Lawsuit
Texas law is on your side when someone’s reckless driving causes you to suffer injuries. However, Texas law also gives you a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit aimed at financial recovery. According to the state’s statute of limitations, you have two years from the date of your reckless driving accident to file a lawsuit against the negligent driver.
What Our Firm Accomplishes
Consider everything that needs to happen in this timeframe. If you hire us to represent you, we first need to investigate your accident, gather evidence, and build your case of negligence, causation, and damages. Next, we will present your case to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Possibly, we will enter into a period of negotiations with the insurer to arrive at a fair settlement.
If the insurer refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we will then file a lawsuit on your behalf. With an early start on this process, you give us plenty of time to take legal action before the statute of limitations window closes.
Understanding Reckless Driving in Texas
Texas law takes reckless driving seriously. According to Texas law, an individual charged with reckless or “aggressive” driving can spend as many as 30 days in jail and pay a fine of up to $200.
Examples of Reckless Driving Behaviors
In McAllen, the following driving behaviors constitute reckless driving:
- Driving at excessive speeds for road conditions
- Unsafe lane changes
- Disobeying traffic signals
- Failure to use a turn signal
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to stop at stop signs
- Illegal passing (outside traffic lanes)
Reckless driving’s criminal weight stems from the fact that this behavior causes many serious accidents.
When this type of driving behavior causes an accident that results in fatalities, the decedent’s loved ones can pursue a wrongful death action against the reckless driver. Our firm handles these legal matters for those who need to take this course of action.
However, reckless driving need not result in a fatality for the behavior to be life-altering. In many cases, this driving behavior causes serious injuries that can change a person’s physical and emotional well-being, employability, and financial stability.
Our Reckless Driving Accident Lawyers Serving McAllen Can Help You
After enduring a motor vehicle accident, the best way to spend your time is to recover physically and emotionally from the incident.
When you hire D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ to handle your personal injury case, you leave the entire matter of financial recovery in our hands. Our team prides itself on accessibility, so you always know the status of your case. We even answer questions via Facebook live streams.
Let your road to financial recovery begin today. Call D. Miller & Associates, PLLC™ for a free case evaluation at (713) 850-8600.