New York City Reckless Driving Lawyer
Traffic laws exist to protect drivers, and motorists who take unnecessary risks and break these laws may cause devastating accidents. Fortunately, New York takes reckless driving seriously, and victims of unsafe and dangerous drivers have the right to take legal action against the individuals at fault for their accidents. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we support the victims of these terrible accidents and we can help you fight back against reckless drivers to secure the full compensation you deserve.
If you’ve sustained an injury as the result of another driver’s reckless actions on the road, it is important to learn more about your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation against the unsafe motorist at fault. You may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, long-term disabilities and other damages you have sustained. For more information about how we can guide you through this potentially complex process, contact the New York City reckless driving attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Motor vehicle accident cases require an injured party to establish the fault of the driver who caused the accident. The legal term for this is negligence. Generally, negligence is established by showing that the at-fault driver had a duty to drive safely, that they breached that duty, and that their breach caused significant injuries to the plaintiff. While this may sound simple, you can see that a car accident claim can quickly become more about how a victim presents their case rather than what actually happened to cause your injuries. Do not try and do this alone. An experienced New York reckless driving lawyer from Hach & Rose, LLP can help you build your case and make a claim with the best chances for success.
Insurance companies are the other big players in reckless driving cases. Many injured victims mistakenly think that the insurance companies will take care of them, and accept the first settlement that insurance offers. This is a mistake, and can be disastrous to you and your family. Always remember that insurance companies are big businesses, and they offer the lowest settlements that they can, often without considering the severity of your injuries or the future costs you may face. Victims who accept these lowball offers quickly find that they have to pay for many expenses out of their own pocket. When you work with an experienced New York reckless driving attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, we will represent your unique case and your specific needs in negotiations with the insurance company. We deal with the insurance companies all the time and we know when to accept settlements and when to tell them that we will see them in court. This means that you will have the best chances for making a successful recovery in your claim.
Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP?
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our car accident attorneys have dedicated our careers to seeking justice for injured victims. We protect your rights and make sure that responsible parties pay for their reckless behavior. Our lawyers have been recognized in the highest ranking networks for legal professionals, including Super Lawyers and Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America. We have also been featured in New York Magazine’s Top-Rated Lawyers list. These accolades show the trust that our clients, other attorneys, and our community here in New York have for our firm.
Honesty and integrity are our primary values at Hach & Rose, LLP, and are truly what sets us apart from other practices. Every client who comes through our doors will be treated with the utmost respect as we aggressively fight for your rights. Your case will receive individual attention from our lawyers, which can often be what provides our legal professionals with the evidence they need to have a successful outcome in your claim. You will be kept informed about each step in your claim so that all of your questions are answered and you always feel confident in your legal team. Thousands of satisfied clients will agree that Hach & Rose, LLP should be your top choice to represent your claim.
Types of Reckless Driving
Traffic laws are designed to safeguard drivers from auto accidents by standardizing conduct on the road. When a driver violates these rules, he or she drastically increases the chances of a car accident occurring.
Reckless driving involves drivers demonstrating a disregard for the safety of people and property. According to the 2015 New York Vehicle and Traffic Laws, section 1212, reckless driving is the operation of any motor vehicle which interferes with the use of public roadways or endangers other users of the roads.
Reckless driving is also classified as a misdemeanor in New York State and may result in the loss of a license and up to thirty days in jail. While criminal charges may hold the driver accountable for their recklessness through prosecution, it likely will not hold them accountable for the financial harm their actions caused their victims. The following driving behaviors are considered reckless driving:
- Weaving between lanes
- Speeding which greatly exceeds the speed limit
- Turning without signaling
- Braking abruptly without reasonable cause
- Driving the wrong way down a one-way road
- Failing to stop or yield when prompted
- Driving while distracted
- Driving with road rage
- Evading police
- Driving without care for weather conditions
- Driving on the shoulder
- Making abrupt lane changes
When a person takes deliberate action to break traffic laws or procedures, he or she should be held accountable for this dangerous decision. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we can help reckless driving accident victims stand up for their rights and pursue the justice they deserve.
Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for the following losses:
- Medical expenses, present and future, including ambulance rides, emergency room visits, doctor appointments, surgeries, medications, and more.
- Lost wages, if you had to miss work during your recovery.
- Property damage, including repair or replacement costs for your vehicle, phone, and other property damaged in the accident.
- Lost future earning potential, if you are unable to return to work at the same hours or same pay as before.
- Rehabilitative expenses, including therapy costs and in-home assistance you may need.
- Pain and suffering, for mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
Furthermore, if your loved one passed away as a result of a reckless driving accident, particular family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. Through this claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation for medical expenses up to their death, funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of emotional support, loss of consortium, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a reckless driving claim in New York?
New York State has a three-year statute of limitations for pursuing damages for injuries resulting from a car accident. There is also a two-year statute of limitations for a wrongful death suit if the death occurred as a result of a car accident. The clock starts when the accident or death occurs, respectively. There may be exceptions to the statutes, for example, if your injury did not manifest itself immediately after the accident, or if children were injured. It is important to contact an attorney with the details of your case to determine if you are eligible to file a New York reckless driving case.
If something I own was destroyed or damaged by a reckless driver, can I receive compensation for that loss?
If an accident caused by a reckless driver damages or destroys your property you may be entitled to compensation covering the cost of repairing or replacing your belongings. For example, if a reckless driver collided with your home or vehicle, you may be able to seek compensation for the damage. Contacting an attorney with the details of your case can help you determine the compensation you are entitled to.
How much will hiring a lawyer cost?
We understand the financial burden our clients face, so our firm represents clients on a contingency basis. This means that you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.
Accidents caused by reckless drivers can leave victims facing physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial burdens. Do not let a reckless driver go unpunished for the suffering you have endured. To discuss your case and the next steps you should take, contact the New York reckless driving lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, at (212) 779-0057 today.