Georgia Reckless Driving Accident Lawyers
What’s the difference between negligent driving and reckless driving? A negligent driver fails to fulfill a basic duty of care that he or she owes to other drivers, motorcyclists or pedestrians, such as failing to stop at a red light. A reckless driver, on the other hand, acts with complete and total disregard for others’ safety, such as running a red light at 70 mph because he or she is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or they are distracted by talking on a cell phone.
The difference is important when seeking to hold the driver accountable for their misconduct: A reckless driver may be held liable for punitive damages, which are aimed at especially egregious acts. Punitive damages punish reckless drivers and, hopefully, deter future misconduct. Because reckless driving often results in fatal or catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis, burns, brain damage or harm to the neck and spinal cord, punitive damages are often warranted.
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our Georgia car, truck and motorcycle accident lawyers are committed to securing compensation for reckless driving victims and their families, including punitive damages. If you have been injured in a reckless driving crash, or if you have lost a loved one to reckless driving, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation at one of our Northeast Georgia offices in Athens or Greensboro.
Protecting The Rights of Reckless Driving Victims
There are several different categories of reckless driving, including:
- Aggressive driving: All too often, drivers make dangerous passes, plow through intersections or take out their anger on other drivers in “road rage” incidents. Even those we count on to protect us, such as police officers, may endanger others’ lives when they pursue suspects in reckless, high-speed chases.
- Drunk driving: Impaired drivers kill, on average, more than 400 people each year in Georgia. Often, they are repeat DWI/DUI offenders. Those who drive under the influence of controlled substances or prescription medications are dangerous as well.
- Distracted driving: Eating, drinking or talking to passengers takes a driver’s focus off the road. A disturbing trend in recent years has been the increase in drivers who talk on hand-held cell phones or text while driving. A Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study found that texting, in fact, increases the risk of a car accident by 23 times.
- Drowsy driving: A tired driver doesn’t have to completely fall asleep at the wheel to be a hazard. A driver fighting off fatigue may follow too closely, fail to brake, drift across lanes or careen off the road, striking a pedestrian or bicyclist.
- Speeding: Accidents occur every day in Georgia because someone drove beyond the speed limit or too fast for conditions such as snow, ice, rain or fog. In fact, nearly 20 percent of the state’s traffic fatalities are traced to speeding, NHTSA statistics show.
How We Can Help You
Whether a reckless driving crash involves a serious personal injury or wrongful death, it will certainly involve negotiations with an insurance company. While you and your family focus on recovery, we can meet with the insurers to work out a fair and full settlement of your reckless driving claim. If negotiation fails to produce a reasonable recovery, however, our lawyers are skilled and aggressive in the courtroom. We will work hard to protect your rights.
In addition to punitive damages, we will work hard to make sure you are fully compensated for your car repair or replacement, medical expenses, lost wages, mental anguish, emotional distress and other economic and non-economic damages.
We also realize that many Georgia reckless driving accident victims need immediate medical assistance. If you cannot afford treatment, we work with you to find the best options available, including Medicaid and Medicare, and we work with you on reimbursing those sources.
Contact Our Georgia Reckless Driving Accident Attorneys Today
Since 1984, the law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., has assisted victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from across Georgia in the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Macon, Columbus, Brunswick and Savannah, as well as Athens, Greensboro, Eatonton, Winder, Commerce, Covington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Elberton, Hartwell, Homer, Lexington, Crawford, Gainesville, Milledgeville, Winterville, Hull, Danielsville, Comer, Colbert, Watkinsville and Bogart and surrounding Northeast Georgia communities in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Banks, Franklin, Hall, Habersham, Stephens, Jasper, Jones, Baldwin, Hart, Elbert, Greene, Putnam, Columbia, Richmond, Newton, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Walton and Oglethorpe counties. Our lawyers have also been involved in significant, complex nationwide litigation, and we have represented clients and tried cases in many other states across the country.
Our Georgia reckless driving accident attorneys are innovative counselors and aggressive advocates who have been recognized by Super Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, among others, for the quality of their legal skill and professional service.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a car, truck or motorcycle accident that involves reckless driving, call us today at (866) 354-3544 or use our online form to receive a free consultation. We won’t simply refer your case to another law firm. We will listen to your story, answer your questions and work with you to map out a path to legal relief.