Reckless Driving Lawyer

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Reckless drivers place everyone on the road at risk with conduct such as swerving in and out of traffic, focusing on distractions behind the wheel, speeding excessively, or engaging in other dangerous behaviors. Reckless driving leads to severe injuries, loss of life, and consequences such as license loss for the driver. At the Brown & Crouppen Law Firm, our Missouri reckless driving lawyers provide the legal support and guidance needed to navigate an injury claim. 

Whether you’ve been injured by a reckless driver in Kansas City or Interstate 44 in St. Louis, you need a lawyer to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. At the St. Louis, our experienced Missouri reckless driving lawyers will provide the support needed to manage your claim.

How Brown & Crouppen Can Help with Your Missouri Reckless Driving Claim

At Brown & Crouppen, our award-winning lawyers have successfully helped thousands of people win compensation for their losses. We have a history of results you can count on, with more than $1 billion recovered for our clients over our years in practice. 

We helped one client recover $100,000 after a rear-end accident and another recover $100,000 for neck injuries sustained in a collision. Our lawyers have more than 1,000 years of combined legal experience. 

We believe everyone deserves access to the best legal representation possible after a reckless driving accident. We offer legal services with no upfront costs or fees, so you can get the legal support you need.  Our fee is paid from the compensation you recover. You don’t pay us unless we win your case.

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Why You Need a Lawyer After a Reckless Driving Accident

Missouri reckless driving accidents can be complicated. Moreover, insurance companies often try to minimize the compensation they have to pay. Handling a reckless driving claim alone can cause you to miss out on the compensation you should receive. A lawyer can do the following:

  • Investigate and collect evidence of reckless driving: If the reckless driver does not receive a citation, establishing liability for the accident can be more difficult. A lawyer, however, can gather evidence of this dangerous behavior.
  • Counsel you about your rights: This includes evaluating how much compensation you should expect after a reckless driving accident. 
  • Fight with the insurance company: Having a skilled attorney represent you greatly determines how much compensation you can recover.
  • Represent you in court: A talented trial lawyer is necessary if an agreement can’t be reached with the insurance company, and you must take your case to a jury.  

At Brown & Crouppen, we are ready to fight for you. Our top-rated attorneys provide the legal support and guidance you need to navigate the claim process after a reckless driving accident, whether that involves conducting an extensive investigation into the liable driver’s dangerous behavior or reviewing the terms of the applicable insurance policies to uncover the full extent of the compensation available. 

What Is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving includes any dangerous, imprudent behavior behind the wheel that could endanger the driver or others. Common reckless behaviors include the following:

  • Driving at excessive speeds
  • Distracted driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Swerving through traffic
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Tailgating
  • Street racing
  • Ignoring traffic laws
  • Driving under the influence
  • Illegal U-turns

Reckless driving places everyone at risk. For example, cameras caught reckless drivers in St. Louis doing spinouts at the intersection of Minnesota and Magnolia, obscuring visibility for other drivers with heavy smoke and placing pedestrians at significant risk.

What counts as reckless driving varies from one state to another. A reckless driving conviction can make proving liability for your accident easier, but you do not have to have a conviction to move forward with a claim. 

At Brown & Crouppen, we understand the challenges you face after a reckless driving accident. We fight hard to help our clients protect their rights and seek fair compensation after suffering injuries due to another driver’s reckless behavior.

What Is the Speed for Reckless Driving in Missouri?

In Missouri, exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour constitutes reckless driving. Missouri law also notes that trucks weighing over 24,000 pounds should not exceed 60 miles per hour. 

Consequences of Reckless Driving

Missouri law states that every driver must operate their vehicle in a “careful and prudent manner.” When reckless driving results in an accident in Missouri, the driver is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Consequences include:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • A fine of up to $2,000

Reckless drivers who do not cause an accident are charged with Class B misdemeanors, which can mean up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. 

In addition, reckless drivers bear liability in accidents caused by their dangerous behaviors. Their insurance companies pay for the damages associated with the accident. That leads to increased insurance costs and difficulty securing insurance in the future. 

Consequences for the Victims of Reckless Driving Accidents

Obviously, reckless driving does not just impact the perpetrator. It also leads to severe consequences for anyone caught in an accident caused by such dangerous behavior. Reckless driving:

  • Increases the risk of a collision: Speeding, for example, kills about 11,250 people nationwide yearly, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA). Head-on collisions cause immense damage to both vehicles and everyone inside. 
  • Causes severe injuries: High speeds and unpredictable behaviors increase the force behind the accident, which means victims may sustain severe organ damage, brain injuries, spinal injuries, and more. 
  • Causes long-term complications: Many injuries associated with reckless driving lead to lifelong consequences for the victim.

Victims of reckless driving accidents have high medical bills and must deal with missed time at work because of their injuries. They also go through considerable suffering. Talk to your St. Louis car accident lawyer at Brown & Crouppen to learn more about the compensation you deserve for those losses and how you can include them in your injury claim.

Contact Brown & Crouppen for a Free Consultation

If you suffered injuries in a reckless driving accident in Missouri, Brown & Crouppen is here to help. Our award-winning attorneys have extensive experience dealing with reckless driving in Missouri. 

We understand the challenges and losses that accompany serious injuries. Here, we treat you like family and seek to pursue the same justice for our clients that we would for our loved ones. Contact our car accident lawyers in St. Louis and Kansas City today for a free consultation that will give you a better idea of what your claim would involve.  



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