Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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Seattle Reckless Driving Accidents

Posted Friday, March 18, 2022 by Chris Thayer

If you have been involved in a reckless driving accident in Seattle, you are not alone. Nearly 3 million people are injured in car accidents in the United States each year, and most of these accidents are caused by reckless driving. Reckless driving is defined by Washington State Statutes as driving with wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. This can cover a large umbrella of driving behaviors, including speeding, driving under the influence, ignoring traffic signals, or driving erratically. If you were involved in an accident and suffered injuries due to a reckless driver, you may be feeling incredibly frustrated. This is understandable, since all reckless driving accidents would have been avoidable if not for the conduct of one driver. The good news is that you are not left to deal with the burden of their behavior on your own.

*Suing for Reckless Driving Accidents in Seattle * If you have been injured in a Seattle car accident you may have grounds to bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. In order to have standing to bring a claim, you must have suffered physical and financial injuries due to another driver’s negligence. Generally, the burden would be on you to prove that the other driver was negligent. However, in reckless driving cases, negligence is assumed. The reckless driver will generally have a difficult time overcoming this presumption, which makes your odds of success and recovery greater than they would be in other personal injury cases. For this reason, if you have been injured in an accident caused by someone who was driving recklessly, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to get an idea of what your options are and how best to move forward.

*Damages in a Reckless Driving Accident * The amount of damages that you are entitled to in a personal injury lawsuit depends on how much your injuries have cost you, financially, physically, and emotionally. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to recover all actual and anticipated costs incurred as a result of the accident. This includes costs related to treatment, medication, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, lost wages, and reduced earning potential. You can also receive compensation for the physical and emotional trauma caused by the accident, known as pain and suffering damages. If the reckless driver’s conduct was particularly egregious, you may also be entitled to punitive damages. Unlike economic and pain and suffering damages, punitive damages exist to punish the reckless driver and to deter others from acting similarly. A lawyer can give you the most accurate idea of the value of your claim.

*Contact the Pivotal Law Group in Seattle, Washington * If you have been seriously injured due to the reckless driving conduct of another person, our experienced Washington personal injury attorneys want to hear from you. We will fight to hold the negligent driver accountable and to get you the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to. Contact the Pivotal Law Group today to schedule your consultation.