How Reckless Driving can Affect Your Pennsylvania Accident Claim
You are driving through an intersection when a speeding car runs a red light and crashes into the side of your vehicle. It’s clear the other driver is at fault, but the charges filed against the driver can make a difference to your accident claim.
Unlike many states, Pennsylvania distinguishes between Careless Driving and Reckless Driving.
Careless Driving and Reckless Driving in Pennsylvania
Both Careless Driving and Reckless Driving are charges that are used when a driver behaves in a way that puts the safety of others at risk. This can include:
- Distracted driving
- Excessive speeding
- Driving under the influence
- Falling asleep while driving
The difference between Careless Driving and Reckless Driving is intent. Careless Driving is the lesser charge; it I assumes the driver’s actions were not deliberate. A driver is charged with Reckless Driving when an officer believes the dangerous behavior was deliberate.
Punitive Damages for Reckless Driving
If a Reckless Driver causes an accident and serious injuries, victims may hold the driver accountable. Pennsylvania law allows accident victims to seek punitive damages from drivers who cause injury through reckless behavior and a deliberate lack of regard for public safety. Punitive damages are monetary awards that go beyond the normal compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. These damages punish the driver and set an example to prevent others from behaving in a similar manner. They are separate from any criminal charges that might result from the driver’s actions.
Are You Eligible for Punitive Damages?
Reckless drivers should take responsibility for their actions. The car accident lawyers at Ostroff Injury Law helps victims of reckless drivers to get the accountability and compensation they deserve. To schedule a free consultation, contact Ostroff Injury Law at 800-818-8148.