Auto accidents are common in Texas. Some accidents are minor, but others cause total property loss, severe injury, and even death. Most accidents occur due to negligence, or simple failure to pay attention. However, some accidents occur due to reckless disregard. Reckless disregard in an auto accident might include texting and driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or even traveling at an excessive rate of speed. This distinction matters because it influences the types of damages that are available to an injured party. If the accident is caused by negligence, the plaintiff may be entitled to property damage, medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and even mental anguish. However, if it can be shown that the at fault driver also acted with reckless disregard, the plaintiff may be able to recover punitive damages as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a car accident, motorcycle accident, or truck accident, please call the Wright Firm, L.L.P. today for a consult.