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Chicago Reckless Driving Accident Attorney

Chicago Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer

When you travel down the road, you expect other drivers to behave safely. However, some individuals may act recklessly. Speeding, texting while driving, and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs are all types of reckless behavior.

Unfortunately, these actions can lead to serious accidents that can lead to long-term injuries and even death for innocent victims.

If you have been involved in an accident with these dangerous drivers, contact Thomas Law Offices. A Chicago reckless driving accident lawyer can help you understand your legal options and start the process of recovering compensation if you’re eligible.

What Is Considered Reckless Driving in Illinois?

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were 298,347 vehicle crashes, with  20% causing injuries, in 2022. In many of these cases, reckless behaviors were a factor in the collisions.

Per Illinois law, reckless driving involves operating a vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others or their property. Essentially, it means driving recklessly, intentionally ignoring traffic rules, and endangering lives.

Some of these examples include:

  • Excessive speeding beyond the posted limits
  • Aggressive driving, such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and road rage
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Engaging in dangerous maneuvers
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Along with the above, Illinois also deems that using an incline to become airborne is another example of reckless behavior. All of these activities affect not only the driver but also everyone else on the road.

Reckless driving in Illinois is a criminal offense, and it is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. In regards to civil proceedings, if someone acts in a reckless manner and causes injuries and damages to another person, they can be held liable for all losses.

In simple terms, you may be able to seek compensation from these dangerous drivers. This is where a Chicago car accident lawyer can help in your situation. If you need assistance sorting out whether you have a pursuable case, reach out to Thomas Law Offices for guidance. There’s no cost to have an initial meeting with an attorney at our firm.

Have You Suffered Injuries From the Reckless Actions of Another Driver?

If you have been involved in a wreck in Chicago due to the actions of a reckless driver, you might have suffered enormous injuries and extensive property damage. Some of these impairments sustained in a reckless driving accident can include:

  • High-speed collisions or loss of vehicle control can result in severe head trauma. Many times, this can lead to cognitive impairments, memory loss, and changes in behavior. In severe cases, they may cause permanent disability or even death.
  • The impact of reckless driving accidents often causes spinal cord damage, leading to paralysis or loss of sensation in various parts of the body.
  • When coupled with a high rate of speed, collisions cause broken bones in the arms, legs, ribs, and pelvis.
  • The force of a collision leads to internal organ damage, which may cause damage to the liver, spleen, kidneys, and lungs.
  • Whiplash, strains, sprains, and contusions result from sudden acceleration or deceleration if a reckless driver strikes another vehicle.
  • Even minor accidents can lead to cuts, abrasions, and bruises. While these injuries may seem less severe, they can still require medical attention and proper wound care.

Remember that reckless driving not only endangers the life of the driver but also poses a significant risk to passengers, pedestrians, and other motorists sharing the road.

If you’ve been involved in a reckless driving accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation from the motorist responsible for causing it. Learn what options may be available by reaching out to an experienced Chicago car crash attorney.

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How Can You Prove a Driver’s Recklessness?

To prove that a reckless driver caused your wreck, you and your legal team will need to gather as much evidence as possible, such as the following:

  • Police accident reports
  • Traffic citations or arrest records
  • Photos and videos of the accident scene that capture traffic signs, signals, skid marks on the road, and vehicle damage
  • Eyewitness testimony can provide invaluable insight into the events leading up to the accident
  • Driver cell phone records
  • Post-accident drug and alcohol test results
  • Vehicle event data recorder logs
  • Accident reconstruction expert reports and testimony can provide professional analysis and support for your case

With a comprehensive collection of evidence, you can strengthen your position and work towards proving that a reckless driver was responsible for the collision.

Ultimately, this can assist you in recovering compensation for your injuries, losses, and other damages.

What Compensation Can I Recover in My Chicago Reckless Driving Case?

Any damages and injuries caused by a reckless driver may allow the victim to file a personal injury lawsuit. In many cases, by doing so, you may be able to recover costs for:

  • Medical expenses, such as surgical costs, your hospital stay, rehabilitation, ongoing treatment, and medications
  • Compensation for lost wages due to time missed from work as a result of the injuries
  • Non-economic damages for physical pain, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life
  • The costs for repairing or replacing damaged vehicles or other property

In extreme cases of recklessness, punitive damages may be awarded to victims to punish the at-fault driver and discourage them (and others) from doing the same.

Unfortunately, with these reckless actions, there is always the possibility of a loss of life. If your loved one’s death stems from driver recklessness, you, as surviving family members, may be eligible to pursue a wrongful death claim. Any monetary compensation recovered can potentially be used to cover:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Emotional suffering stemming from the accident

If you or your loved one has been affected by the recklessness of a driver, you will need to consult with a Chicago reckless driving accident lawyer to understand what compensation options are available for your claim. We’re ready to speak with you at Thomas Law Offices. Meeting with one of our attorneys is completely free.

Why You Need an Experienced Auto Accident Attorney

A reckless driving accident lawyer can help you seek justice and compensation. During the consultation, they will thoroughly review all evidence to determine if you have a viable case against the negligent driver who struck you or your close family member.

Once the case is evaluated, the lawyer will explain your rights and legal options. An attorney can be an invaluable resource for strengthening your case. By examining witness statements, obtaining accident reports, collecting medical records, and analyzing photos or videos, they will work to reconstruct the accident to establish fault. All that is essential in building a strong case.

If you want to recover compensation, you’ll need to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. An attorney can take care of this for you. Their advocacy work on your behalf can boost your chances of receiving secure fair compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

Unfortunately, sometimes negotiations fail, and you might need to take your case to trial. If necessary, your attorney will represent you in court, which may include presenting evidence and arguing your case to seek the compensation you deserve.

However, one important reason to have an experienced personal injury lawyer is to give you a little peace of mind. While they focus on all the legal aspects of your case, you can turn your attention to your family and your recovery.

Let a Chicago Reckless Driving Accident Lawyer Help You Regain Some Peace of Mind

We pride ourselves on delivering individualized attention to each client’s case at Thomas Law Offices. If you have sustained an injury or lost a loved one with a reckless driver behind the wheel, we encourage you to contact one of our Chicago car accident lawyers.

We are ready to offer a complimentary consultation to evaluate your case and discuss your legal options. Your well-being and legal rights are our top priority.

Please feel free to contact us at our office today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward seeking the justice you deserve.

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Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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