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What can you do if you’re injured by a reckless driver?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

You can’t prevent all accidents from happening, but there are times when drivers act without regard for the safety of other people. South Carolina law allows you to request compensation if a reckless driver has injured you.

What is a reckless driver?

Reckless drivers engage in behavior that is likely to cause an accident. These instances include:

  • Speeding
  • Driving erratically
  • Ignoring poor weather conditions
  • Weaving in traffic or lane-splitting
  • Driving while impaired

If a driver’s behavior makes an accident more likely, they face additional penalties when there’s a collision. Unfortunately, bad drivers also cause serious injuries. Car accidents have been linked to:

  • Broken bones
  • Torn ligaments
  • Amputated limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain damage

If you’ve been in an accident that has changed your way of life, you deserve fair compensation.

What damages can you receive after a car accident?

Many times, a driver’s insurance will cover any injuries or damages following an accident. What happens when someone isn’t insured or their insurance doesn’t cover enough? Going to court can help you receive the money you need to live a quality life.

In South Carolina, victims of motor vehicle accidents where a driver acted recklessly can file personal injury lawsuits and receive:

  • Economic damages, such as medical bills and lost income
  • Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages, which act as a deterrent to other drivers

If a reckless driver has injured you, you don’t have to suffer silently. Insurance companies will often provide you with the settlement you deserve. If they won’t, or if the at-fault driver didn’t have quality coverage, you might pursue litigation.