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What Constitutes Reckless Driving in Tennessee?

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Campbell County car accident injury attorney

Every state has laws and rules to keep their roadways as safe as possible, but nowadays not everyone obeys the rules. Certain actions that drivers take on the road may be considered reckless driving that unfortunately can result in car accidents and serious injuries to other drivers or innocent bystanders. The state of Tennessee defines reckless driving as operating a motor vehicle -- car, motorcycle, or truck -- with wanton disregard for the safety of others on the road.

Examples of Reckless Driving

Since reckless driving is any action that puts others in danger, the violation can be a simple as speeding to as serious as not yielding to school buses. Other examples of reckless driving include:

  • Distracted driving - texting, eating, putting on clothes or makeup

  • Fatigued driving

  • Driving through red lights

  • Driving through stop signs without stopping

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • Swerving between lanes or illegally merging into another lane

  • Not using a turn signal

  • Not using headlights at night

  • Speeding within a school zone or a construction site

Any of these actions can result in an auto accident or a collision with a pedestrian. Not only will the offender be charged with a Class B misdemeanor (punishable by six months in prison, a fine of $500, and probation), but he or she will also be responsible for the damage done to the victim of the incident.

Compensation for Injuries

Tennessee is an “at-fault” state, which means the driver who caused a car accident will be required to compensate the victim(s) of the crash for any damages, including:

  • Medical bills

  • Vehicle repairs

  • Money for lost wages

  • Pain and suffering

If the victim is killed as a result of the accident, his or her family can file a lawsuit against the negligent driver, and the offender may be ordered to pay wrongful death compensation.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Personal Injury Lawyer

Receiving compensation after being injured due to the actions of a reckless driver may be complicated depending on the circumstances of the accident. If you or your loved one is a victim of a collision, you should collect all of the evidence from the collision site. Next, hire a dedicated Campbell County car accident attorney. At the Law Offices of William F. Evans, we can help make sure you receive the money you need and deserve. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 423-449-7980.




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