How Is Fault Calculated in a Los Angeles Reckless Driving Accident?
In general, the fault for personal injury accidents—including car accidents caused by reckless drivers—is calculated in percentages. The percent of fault you receive after an accident may determine what portion of compensation you might be able to receive for your damages.
For example, suppose Party A is driving in the right-most lane toward an intersection and Party B is driving one lane to the left, slightly behind Party A. If Party B suddenly realizes that they want to make a right turn, they might change lanes without signaling or looking at their surroundings carefully. This may cause a collision with Party A’s vehicle. Depending on the specifics of the accident, fault will be allocated to each involved party.
If Party A was texting while driving, for instance, they might receive approximately 20 percent of the responsibility. Party B might receive the remaining 80 percent, meaning they may be responsible for compensating Party A for up to 80 percent of their damages. So if Party A incurred $100,000 in damages, Party B would be liable for up to $80,000 in compensation in some capacity. Note that other parties may also theoretically be responsible for car accident damages, including vehicle manufacturers, parts manufacturers, the city, or someone else. Any involved party can be assigned a percentage of fault.
What Compensation Can You Receive?
There are many types of damages that you may experience in the aftermath of your accident, and you may be able to receive compensation for many or all of them. Some of these compensation areas might include the following:
Medical bills, including physical therapy, ambulance bills, hospital and emergency room treatment, and bills related to future treatments required
Pain and suffering
Loss of compensation
Loss of wage earning capacity
Loss of consortium
A big part of proving your damages and the need for the compensation about your are asking for is understanding the extent of your injuries. For instance if your knee fractured verus if your knee’s damaged to the extent you can no longer walk or have limited mobility, the compensation you receive greatly depends on the medical procedues you need and will need in the future to address your knee injury.
If you are worried about covering costs following your accident, a qualified personal injury and car accident lawyer may be able to help. Your lawyer’s negotiation skills may be useful in analyzing your case’s cost potential, decreasing your level of fault, and maximizing your compensation.
Potential Consequences Reckless Drivers May Face in Los Angeles, California
Depending on the circumstances of an accident, the reckless and at-fault driver may be charged with a crime. In the case they are convicted, they could theoretically face some of the following penalties:
Driving record points
If you seek justice and want to increase safety on the road, taking legal action may be necessary.
Potential Consequences for a Reckless Commercial Driver in Los Angeles, California
In California, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard of care than non-commercial driver. A commercial driver’s entire career may be on the line if they do not drive safely at all times. In the event of a reckless driving accident, their commercial license if the driver is convicted of certain offenses. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor office that can cause the commercial driver their job. They may also face 5 to 90 days of jail and/or a fine between $145 and $1,000. A first violation committed in a commercial vehicle doesn’t automatically result in a CDL disqualification but if a second offense is committed withing three years it will result in 60 days CDL disqualification. A third violation withing three years will result in 120 days disqualification.
How Can a Los Angeles Reckless Driver Personal Injury Lawyer Help You?
If you’ve suffered injuries because of the negligent actions of a reckless driver, a lawyer may be able to help you in several ways:
Handle insurance companies
Assist you in next steps
Refer you to medical professionals and other experts
Provide resources for more information
If you’re planning on taking legal action, please avoid representing yourself. Your lawyer is far more likely to represent your case accurately, effectively, and favorably. Because of this, we highly recommend hiring an attorney to represent you.
Get the Compensation You Deserve With Kash Legal’s Los Angeles Reckless Driving Personal Injury Lawyers
We at Kash Legal are highly experienced in personal injury law, and we’ve been able to get the compensation our car accident clients rightfully deserve. Our legal team has received a number of awards for our high-quality results and delivery. We are dedicated to supporting our clients through every step of the legal process as well as show our commitment and commission when we work on their cases and settlements.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss the details of your case, we may be able to help. If you think we would be a good fit for your legal circumstances, please get into contact with us by calling (888) 527-4128 or completing our contact form.