No Rush Is Worth A Motor Vehicle Accident
In 2012, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, there were a total of 123,579 reported car accidents in the state. In those crashes, 67,004 of the people involved were injured and 775 were killed. Car accidents may be caused or influenced by many things, such as a loss of control due to excessive speed, an illegal attempt to pass another car or simple inattention. A fairly common cause of car accidents is reckless driving while speeding. Regardless of the cause, the resulting consequences far outweigh the potential commuting time saved by speeding or driving recklessly.
In recent West Virginia news, for example, a 20-year-old man is being charged with reckless driving after causing a four-vehicle car wreck on Interstate 95. The accident killed one person — his passenger — and injured two more individuals, including himself.
A reckless driving conviction can stay on your record for longer than you might realize. The most minor charge, speeding 20 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit, stays on a person’s record for at least five years. If classified as reckless driving, however, that same charge — along with all other reckless driving charges in Virginia, from failure to properly signal to racing — stay on your record for up to 11 years.
Most car accidents require a thorough investigation before liability can be determined. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in which you suspect the other driver was at fault, you may be able to seek compensation for damages. Speak with an experienced attorney right away to discuss your legal options.
The law firm of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers boasts more than four decades of combined experience practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are available 24/7 and do not bill clients until they receive compensation. If you have questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, contact us at 757.455.0077.