If you have been in a car accident in New Jersey, the police report may find that the other motorist was driving recklessly. It may be possible to sue the other driver to recover some of your losses both in terms of medical bills and lost wages.
Types of reckless drivers
The most common type of reckless driving is speeding. This activity occurs in every type of weather condition whether it’s raining, excessively windy or ice is present on the road.
Another type of recklessness is distracted driving. Driving while chatting on the phone, changing radio stations, looking out the window or eating are common causes of accidents.
Another problem is when drivers fail to stop at traffic signs or lights. One type of driver thinks that no cars are nearby and races right through a sign or light without stopping. Another type of driver stops for half a second and then proceeds right through.
Types of lawsuits
Victims may file personal injury lawsuits against drivers who were proven to have acted negligently and caused motor vehicle accidents. If at least one victim was killed, another option may be to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Drivers may be able to seek compensatory damages to cover their medical bills and living expenses. If the other driver acted with malicious intent, the plaintiff might be able to file for punitive damages.
Most drivers have acted negligently at least once. However, all drivers need to share the road, and when one person behaves in a dangerous way, it imperils everyone around them. Fortunately, if you have been injured because of a reckless driving accident, you may be able to get some assistance supporting your family and paying your medical bills through litigation.