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Can I get compensation if I was hurt by a reckless driver?

by | Nov 4, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Reckless driving is a danger to everyone on the road. It is also against the law. According to Ohio Revised Code, anyone who operates their vehicle in a way that disregards the safety of other people or property commits a misdemeanor.

Besides the punishment handed out by the state, you might wonder how you receive compensation for an accident caused by a reckless driver. Continue reading to learn about the damages you may pursue after various reckless driving incidents. Depending on the accident’s severity, you might have a civil case for economic and non-economic damages.

Driving speeds unsafe for current conditions

Reckless driving covers a wide range of traffic violations. The most common example is speeding. Sometimes, you might have a case even if the driver followed the speed limit. For instance, if the roads were wet or icy at the time of the accident, the driver might still be guilty of reckless driving.

Driving through traffic stops

Running through a stop sign is an obvious example of reckless driving. It is hazardous because a significant amount of traffic fatalities happen at intersections. Losing a loved one to someone who drove through a traffic signal entitles you to non-economic pain and suffering damages. Ohio is an at-fault state, meaning that when a driver causes you medical or financial pain, you have the right to pursue compensation from their insurance provider.

If you or a loved one suffered from the reckless behavior of a motorist, do not hesitate to pursue compensation. You should not have to bear the brunt of the economic toll for something that was not your fault.


Nathan J. Stuckey