The consequences of reckless driving can range from legal penalties to consequences that affect a driver’s personal life. Penalties imposed by the state of Indiana may include jail time, stiff fines, or a driver’s license suspension. In addition, a person may lose a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), child custody, the ability to get a job or home, or their vehicle.
In a reckless driving accident case that involves an injury, the victim may be able to recover personal injury damages if they can establish that the at-fault party’s reckless driving is what caused the accident and led to their subsequent injuries.
Legal Penalties of Reckless Driving in Indiana
The legal penalties for reckless driving in Indiana depend on the circumstances of the case.
Some penalties may include:
Standard Reckless Driving
Standard reckless driving cases typically involve class C misdemeanors. A person may receive the standard reckless driving penalties for driving too fast, driving too slow, or passing another driver on a hill or around a curve. A conviction can carry up to $500 in fines and a jail sentence of 60 days in jail.
Passing a School Bus
In the state of Indiana, passing a school bus with passengers is a class B misdemeanor. If convicted, a person may face up to a $1,000 fine and 180 days in jail.
A driver that injures another person as a result of reckless driving may be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Legal penalties may include a maximum fine of up to $5,000, a license suspension of up to 12 months, and a jail sentence of up to 12 months.
Personal Consequences of Reckless Driving in Indiana
In addition to legal penalties, a person who is convicted of reckless driving may also face personal or professional consequences such as:
- CDL suspension/revocation
- Inability to get a job
- A civil lawsuit from a personal injury victim
- A civil lawsuit from property damage
Filing a Claim for a Personal Injury in a Reckless Driving Case
If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident due to someone’s reckless driving, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. Your losses may include:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- And more
If the responsible party’s insurance company is reaching out to you with a settlement offer, we urge you to use caution. They may be offering you an amount that does not cover the full damages in your case. If you accept a low settlement offer, it may prevent you from recovering more compensation in the future, should you realize that your accident-related injuries have additional costs.
If you are wondering about the value of your case, a reckless driving law firm may be able to provide you with more information when you call them for a free phone consultation.
Hire a Reckless Driving Lawyer
If you were injured in an auto accident caused by a reckless driver, you may be able to recover compensation. The Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. may be able to manage your case and defend your legal rights while you concentrate on recovering from your injuries.
When we take on a reckless driving case, a lawyer from our firm may be able to:
- Answer your questions and provide legal advice
- Identify the liable party
- Gather evidence of their liability
- Gather evidence of the extent of your damages
- Negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement offer
- File a personal injury lawsuit and take the case to court if they do not make you a fair offer
Do not delay if you are considering a lawsuit. The state of Indiana typically imposes a two-year statute of limitations, or legal time limit, on personal injury cases.
To discuss your accident and the legal time limits that apply to your case, call the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. at 317-720-3229. A case assessment with a member of our team is free.
We may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis where you do not pay us any up-front fees for our service. In this arrangement, you only pay us if and when you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court awards.