Seeking Compensation with the Help of an Attorney Can be an Advantage

A driver’s manual contains all the rules and regulations connected to driving, plus topics and images that clearly explain all about traffic signs and signals, safe vehicle operation, teens behind the wheel, accidents and emergency situations, and the various procedures involved in earning a driver’s license. All these are for the purpose of making sure that anyone applying for a license will know and will observe road safety rules after being granted the privilege to drive his or her own car.

A state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), called the Department of Public Safety or Registry of Motor Vehicles in other states, is the government entity responsible for the issuance of a driver’s license. Sadly, however, for despite the DMV’s required education, training, and tests (manual and written) which will show the worthiness of applicants to be granted their own license, knowledge on how to drive safely and the duty to properly observe traffic safety rules are almost immediately forgotten by many drivers. How else will one explain the more than five million car crashes recorded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year? Worse, more than two million of these crashes result to injuries, while at least 30,000 end in death.

Every year, more and more vehicles get driven on major roads and highways all across the nation. While some accidents are blamable on acts of nature (which many others now call “Act of God”) because these occur naturally devoid of human activity, such as a violent weather or an unexpected medical condition (Acts of God do not include known preexisting weather and medical conditions), more than 90% of all motor vehicle accidents are due to human fault – consequences of negligence or recklessness.

Speeding, drunk-driving, driver error and reckless driving are the top irresponsible acts or bad behaviors that cause road accidents. While certain actions, like driving after having a bottle or two of beer with colleagues after work, may be considered as lapse in judgment, some accidents, especially those resulting from reckless driving, are simply maddening since these are due to someone’s wanton disregard for the safety of others.

Driving on the wrong lane, beating or going through red lights, ignoring stop signs at intersections, not slowing down when making turns, tailgating, changing lanes abruptly or without using signals, driving over the speed limit and driving while intoxicated are just few of the reckless behaviors that some drivers knowingly or carelessly commit and which make roads no longer safe for other motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders.

What may be considered as reckless driving is not always specifically outlined by the law; thus, it is often left to the discretion of the officer involved if the driver at fault in an accident will be charged with reckless driving or with some other traffic violation.

As stated on the website of John Michael Bailey Injury Lawyers, “it can be difficult to avoid an accident with a reckless driver,” however, it can be much more difficult to prove that the at-fault driver drove recklessly and, after proving so, seek compensation for damages suffered by the victim.

Since the consequence of a car accident will definitely affect the life of the victim and his/her family, especially if it results to severe or disabling injuries or, worse, death, it can be wise to seek assistance from a seasoned personal injury lawyer.

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