After more than three decades of successful outcomes in New Jersey personal injury lawsuits, Nagel Rice LLP is well-prepared to serve clients who have been seriously injured in an accident by another motorist’s reckless driving. It is bad enough to be hurt in a car accident caused by bad weather or an unexpected animal in the road, but to have someone else take chances with your life is a terrible injustice. From our offices in Roseland and Manhattan, we are here to help you get your life back on an even footing.
At Nagel Rice, our team has comprehensive knowledge of New Jersey driving laws, and is adept at negotiation as well as litigation. Over the years, we have won millions of dollars for our clients and are eager to win you every dollar of compensation you deserve. And remember, not only is your initial consultation free, but we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we win your case.
What qualifies as reckless driving?
While everyone makes mistakes, reckless drivers show a complete disregard for traffic signals, speed limits, and human life, putting their desire to rush, weave among other cars, or text above the health and well-being of others on the road.
Types of Reckless Driving
Reckless drivers include those who:
- Tailgate, leaving too little space between their own car and the car in front of them
- Fail to come to a full stop at red lights, stop signs or stopped school buses
- Frequently exceed the speed limit by a wide margin
- Brake abruptly
- Make illegal turns or lane changes or fail to use signals when turning or changing lanes
- Drive under the influence of drugs (street drugs or prescribed medications) or alcohol.
- Drive while distracted by texting, talking, eating, fiddling with dials or mirrors
- Fail to use headlights at night or in bad weather
- Drive while physically exhausted or sleepy
Drivers who engage in these behaviors put themselves, their passengers, other motorists, and pedestrians in danger. Though they risk traffic tickets, heavy fines, community service, losing their driving privileges, and even, in some cases, incarceration, the worst risk they take is causing severe injury or wrongful death.
Why You Need an Aggressive Reckless Driving Accident Attorney
Serious injuries don’t just disable you physically. Depending on what type of injury you have suffered, they also fog your mind. Pain, psychological trauma, and strong medication often make it difficult to think clearly. If you want to win the damages you deserve, you need a sharp car accident attorney who has the legal savvy and agility to protect your rights.
After a reckless driving accident in which you have been seriously harmed, the insurance company involved will try to make you a settlement offer that is far too low. If you’re not careful to seek proper legal guidance, you and your family may be taken advantage of.
Once Nagel Rice takes on your case, we will review all pertinent police reports and medical data. We will check out the site of the accident and the damage to the vehicles. We will also interview witnesses and consult with automotive, engineering, and medical experts as necessary to clarify our findings. If need be, such experts will be asked to testify in court on your behalf. We will also find out whether the other driver has a past history of reckless driving or other reckless behavior — either of which will bolster our case.
Injuries Caused by Reckless Drivers
A great many types of injuries result from car accidents caused by reckless drivers, including:
- Back and neck injuries (e.g whiplash, herniated discs)
- Bone Fractures
- Concussion, skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Loss of limbs
- Loss of sight or hearing
- Organ damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Spinal cord injuries that cause paralysis (paraplegia /quadriplegia)
- Wrongful death
Any serious reckless driver injury will incapacitate you for some period of time, leaving you unable to work or enjoy your life. At best, you may require medical treatment, rest and rehabilitation. At worst, if you survive, you may be permanently incapacitated and need round-the-clock long-term care. The compassionate attorneys at Nagel Rice will fight for you and your loved ones to see to it that your future, and theirs, is protected.
Damages Nagel Rice Will Fight To Win
You can depend on our skilled car accident attorneys to vigorously defend your right to damages for any and all of the following that apply in your case:
- Medical, surgical, and rehabilitative costs
- Lost income (present and future)
- Property damages
- Home healthcare
- Psychological counseling
- Alterations to your home to make it accessible to you
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Permanent disability
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If you are dealing with the family tragedy of a wrongful death, we will help you to obtain damages to cover funeral costs, lost future financial and emotional support, as well as final medical expenses.
Punitive damages, that are only awarded in cases of especially egregious misconduct may be awarded in cases of reckless driving because of the defendant’s blatant disregard for the law and for the safety of others.
Nagel Rice Car Accident Attorneys Will Get You Through — Contact Us Today
Our experience with personal injury law has given us great empathy for what you are going through. We know all too well how much a serious injury impacts not only the victim, but the whole family. This may be the most challenging period you have ever gone through, physically, emotionally, and financially. Don’t try to go it alone. Call on our car accident attorneys and let us take over your legal and insurance matters so you can focus on recovering.