Reckless Driving Accidents Resulting in Brain Injury
The most common type of driving citation issued is for Florida automobile accidents is careless driving.
Authorities often cite careless driving in rear-end collisions. However, sometimes this type of citation is issued in other circumstances when an accident is not involved.
What is Reckless and Careless Driving?
Florida statute 316.1925 defines careless driving as the following:
“Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.”
Careless driving is a less serious charge than reckless driving.
Careless driving can include failure to account for road conditions. Or, it occurs because of radio, cell phone, or other distractions. Also, people can receive citations for erratic lane changes.
A careless driving ticket can often be costly and impact your right to drive. However, a reckless driving charge is much more severe.
A reckless driving charge can lead to license suspension and heavier fines. Likewise, it can ultimately result in a criminal record.
Reckless driving includes aggressive driving, road rage, road racing, and automobile accidents that result in serious personal injuries.
For more information on careless driving, see Florida Statute 316.1925.
Reckless Driving Resulting in Brain Injury
More than one million traumatic brain injuries happen every year in the U.S. A majority occur as the result of either a slip and fall accident or an automobile accident.
Most traumatic brain injury victims go to an emergency room. Doctors admit many into the hospital. Likewise, approximately 50,000 die each year as the result of a traumatic brain injury.
Currently, it is estimated that at least 5.3 million Americans have a long-term need for help to perform daily activities as the result of suffering a brain injury.
A wide range of functional activities — including language, learning, emotions and behavior — can be adversely affected by a traumatic brain injury.
The effects of a brain injury reach far beyond the victim.
When a person is injured by a brain injury, close family members including parents, spouses, siblings, and others must often times step up to lend a helping hand, ongoing care, and housing.
A traumatic brain injury is very difficult and taxing on the victim and family members.
Compensation through an insurance claim cannot cure the brain injury but it can assist with medical bills, therapy, education, housing, and living expenses for the victim and his or her family.
What Can You Do?
If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident and are concerned about the long-term emotional and financial consequences, you need to consult with a skilled personal injury attorney to learn about all of your options.
Our Jacksonville personal injury law firm will work to protect your legal rights and pursue rightful compensation for long term medical bills, wage loss, disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, and lost enjoyment of life.