Reckless drivers can face serious and long-lasting consequences for their actions. If a reckless driver causes injuries or property damage in a truck accident, the driver can be found guilty of a crime, and they may be held liable and ordered to pay compensation in a civil case. Truck accident victims can be crippled with medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
Maryland drivers are required to exercise reasonable care in driving, including taking into account the relevant circumstances and exercising reasonable care in responding to other drivers and emergency situations. The definition of reckless driving under Maryland’s transportation code is driving in “wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property,” or in a way that indicates such behavior. A negligent party should be held accountable. If a defendant is found liable in a civil case, a plaintiff may be able to recover financial compensation for economic and non-economic damages.
Truck accident victims seeking to hold a reckless driver accountable through a Maryland negligence action must show that the driver failed to exercise the required amount of care under the circumstances by acting in a negligent manner. Reckless drivers may also be held liable for gross negligence if the plaintiff is able to show that the driver had a wanton or reckless disregard for others. Examples of negligence include speeding, following too closely, and failing to pay attention to the road. In addition to proving that a defendant acted negligently, a plaintiff must also prove that the defendant’s negligent conduct caused the plaintiff’s damages. This requires showing that the damages were actually caused by the defendant’s conduct and that the conduct was sufficiently connected to the damages to be held responsible.