People who are guilty of reckless driving have no excuse for putting others’ lives in danger and what many people don’t know is how to hold reckless drivers accountable for an accident before more lives are lost. Here’s a 4-step guide on how you can do just that.
Report the incident to the police right away so they can document it and take eyewitness accounts, while you can also take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any skid marks left on the road.
Be sure not to leave the scene of the accident until law enforcement has taken an official report of what happened. When you file a police report, your story must stay consistent and truthful throughout all future court proceedings and insurance claims. You will need to testify in court if you end up filing a claim for personal injury or property damage caused by the reckless driver.
Contact your insurance company to file a claim for any property damage or personal injuries, and it will also need to know who was at fault for the accident in order to decide whether they’ll be covering the costs of repairs and medical bills. In case you were injured by a reckless driver, seek out legal representation from experienced lawyers for personal injury. You will need all the expert testimony and help with filing documents and evidence so that you can receive personal damages such as hospital bills and pain and suffering compensation.
Medical and Damage Documentation
Keep all receipts related to any expenses incurred due to injuries sustained during the crash, including medical bills, ambulance rides, therapy sessions, and medications. Write down and keep track of all expenses incurred due to the crash, including merchandise damaged by falling debris from smashed windows and any medical bills related to injuries sustained during impact. This will be very helpful when it comes time to file a civil suit against the reckless driver responsible for your damages, both physical and financial.
An official police report will also help you prove that reckless driving caused this accident, so you receive fair compensation for the damages. If your accident happened in Missouri, you can find the MO police accident report online by entering the incident’s details, such as ZIP code, date, and your car’s VIN.
Prevention Is Crucial
Contact your state’s department of motor vehicles (DMV). They have records of all licensed drivers, including any recent violations on a reckless driving charge. Depending on the violation, penalties could include fines and a suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. You can request that they revoke the other driver’s license to prevent them from getting behind the wheel while their case is under investigation by law enforcement.
The DMV can also forward a copy of your complaint to the reckless driver’s insurance company, which will help you gather all the documentation and evidence needed in case you need to file a personal injury or property damage claim with their insurer.
By following these steps before it’s too late, you can get compensation for medical bills, vehicle damage, and lost wages if necessary. And best of all, you’ll be protecting others who may be put in harm’s way in the future because of one reckless driver.