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Penalties for reckless driving that causes an accident?

Most people in Florida drive safely in order to protect themselves and others on the road. However, this is not always the case. Some people drive too fast, cut people off, pass illegally, run red lights and many other dangerous activities. By driving this way, they put others in danger. Car accidents can occur and people in the vehicles may suffer injuries.

Driving recklessly is not only dangerous, it is also illegal. Driving with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of people or property is considered reckless driving. If the person driving recklessly causes damage to property or minor injuries to others, they could be put in jail for up to one year. If the accident causes serious bodily injury, then the person could be put in jail for up to five years. Serious bodily injury means injuries that create a substantial risk of death, disfigurement or long-term loss of the use of a body part or organ.

Victims in such cases can start civil lawsuits against the driver and his or her insurance company in order to pursue compensation. Medical bills associated with serious injuries and the rehabilitation from the injuries can add up quickly. The victim may also lose income if they are unable to work while they recover from the injuries. So, the compensation may be essential for the well-being of the victim.

Not all drivers in Florida drive safely. Some of them drive recklessly and put the other drivers on the road in danger. If the driver causes damage to property or injuries to others, that driver may face jail time. He or she may also be forced to compensate the victim for any financial losses associated with the injuries. These accidents can be devastating for the victim and attorneys may be able to help one become whole again.

Source: Florida State Legislature, "Florida Statute 316.192" accessed on November 10, 2015

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