If you or a loved one was hurt in a reckless driving accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Compensation for your vehicle damages, medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering may be recoverable.
A Sarasota reckless driving accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you bring a powerful personal injury case against the reckless driver who hit you. Call our office for a free consultation with an experienced car crash attorney.
The Potential Benefits of a Reckless Driving Injury Case
Reckless driving accidents often lead to painful lacerations, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, organ damage, spine and back injuries, and more. These injuries can leave a person with massive medical bills.
Many reckless driving accident victims are also unable to work. Some victims suffer permanent disabilities because of a reckless driving accident.
A reckless driving injury case serves two essential functions:
- Holding the reckless driver liable for the accident
- Recovering compensation for medical bills and other damages
Damages You Could Be Awarded in an Injury Case
The amount of compensation that you may be able to recover through a reckless driving injury claim or lawsuit largely depends on the extent of the financial and non-financial losses you suffered because of the accident.
Financial damages are the losses you suffered that can be demonstrated by a bill, invoice, or receipt. You may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills, including ambulance transportation, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, medical devices, and more
- Lost income from the time that you had to take off from work
- Impairment to your future earning capacity caused by a disability
Non-financial damages or general damages are the non-financial consequences of the accident. You may receive compensation for your:
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of life enjoyment
Wrongful Death Cases for Fatal Reckless Driving Accidents
Reckless driving can lead to fatal auto accidents in Sarasota. If your loved one died in a fatal driving accident, you may be able to bring a civil action on their behalf. A wrongful death lawsuit is a personal injury action brought on behalf of a deceased person.
Florida Statutes §768.19 states that when a party’s wrongful or negligent act causes a person’s death, the deceased person’s estate may bring a lawsuit for damages. Monetary compensation could never truly make up for the death of a human being. However, a wrongful death case may hold the liable party responsible for the fatal accident and allow the deceased’s survivors to recover compensation.
Per Florida law, the individuals entitled to compensation in a wrongful death case include:
- The decedent’s spouse, children, and parents
- Blood relatives or adopted siblings who were dependent on the decedent
Compensation You May Be Entitled to for a Wrongful Death
Through a reckless driving wrongful death action, you could receive compensation for:
- The value of the lost income and benefits that your deceased loved one would have earned
- The loss of your loved one’s support, companionship, and protection
- The loss of your loved one’s support and services, such as childcare or domestic services
- Medical expenses incurred between the fatal accident and your loved one’s death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Emotional anguish from the loss of a child
You Must File Before Florida’s Statutory Limitations Deadline
Car accident injury cases in Florida must be filed before the statute of limitations deadline expires. Personal injury cases have a four-year statute of limitations per Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a). Wrongful death actions have a two-year statute of limitations per Florida Statutes §95.11(4)(d).
There may be other deadlines that your case must meet, or you risk permanently losing your chance to pursue compensation.
To receive legal guidance specific to your situation from a skilled reckless driving accident attorney in Sarasota, call our office today for a free consultation.
How a Sarasota Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer Can Help You
There are many different ways a reckless driving accident lawyer can help you during your case. Our team knows what is needed to develop a case that gives you a strong chance of success.
Let Distasio Law Firm handle your reckless driving accident case so that you can concentrate on recovering from the traumatic experience. Distasio Law Firm can help you hold the liable party accountable and pursue damages.
Communicate with the Defendant’s Insurance Company and Other Parties
In most car accident injury cases, you are bringing the claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Our team can handle communications with the liable party’s insurer and any other parties involved in the case on your behalf.
We will advocate on your behalf during settlement negotiations and fight for an appropriate settlement that covers your damages.
Use Your Evidence to Bolster Your Case
Our team can obtain evidence and use it to bring a strong case for damages. To demonstrate the at-fault party’s negligence, we may use evidence such as:
- Police reports
- Surveillance camera footage
- Red-light camera footage
- Dash camera footage
- Event data recorders
- Eyewitness accounts
We can also gather evidence that demonstrates the extent of the injuries you suffered because of the accident, including medical records and statements from medical professionals.
We Can Work with Other Professionals to Build the Best Case Possible
Distasio Law Firm may consult with accident reconstruction experts, medical professionals, accountants, and other professionals when building your case.
Actions That Constitute Reckless Driving
Drivers have not only a moral obligation but also a legal obligation to drive safely. Drivers should obey traffic laws and drive with caution and attention. Florida Statutes §316.192 defines reckless driving as driving with “willful or wanton disregard” for others’ safety.
Reckless driving can be:
- Unexpected and sudden lane changes
- Weaving through traffic
- Failure to use turn signals
- Excessive speeding
- Drag racing
- Driving without headlights at night
- Road rage
Reckless drivers who cause accidents in Sarasota may be liable for any injuries or deaths caused in the accident.
Reach Out to a Sarasota Reckless Driving Accident Attorney Now
If you or a loved one was injured in a reckless driving accident, you could seek financial awards for your damages. A Sarasota reckless driving accident lawyer can help you build a solid case and represent your interests throughout the process.
Call Distasio Law Firm for a cost-free case evaluation.