Reckless driving is a crime in Kentucky. It is separate and distinct from road rage and from aggressive driving.
Kentucky’s Reckless Driving Law
According to §189.290(1) of the Kentucky statutes, drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a “…careful manner, with regard for the safety and convenience of pedestrians and other vehicles upon the highway.” The language of the statute is broad and can encompass many different types of reckless driving including speeding, following too closely, racing, and other things that could put other motorists at risk.
Some violations of Kentucky’s reckless driving law may also violate other specific Kentucky statutes and carry their own penalties which may include jail time and license suspension. However, if no other statute applies, the current penalty for violating §189.290(1) of the Kentucky statutes is a fine and driver’s license points.
What to Do If a Reckless Driver Caused Your Car Crash
While reckless driving has a statutory definition and potential penalty, reckless driving may also be classified as negligent driving. If you have been seriously hurt by a reckless and negligent driver, you have the legal right to pursue financial damages.
The first step in protecting your recovery is to contact an experienced law firm for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our car accident lawyers and our staff nurse know how to investigate car accident claims, gather relevant evidence, and pursue justice. If you hire us to represent you, we will work hard to settle your case and if a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will bring your case to court. Throughout the process, you will be well informed of your case’s status and you will receive the personal attention you deserve.
Our goal is to help our clients recover for the medical costs, lost income, out-of-pocket expenses, physical pain, and emotional suffering they have endured due to reckless and negligent drivers. Please contact us today via this website or by phone to learn more and to schedule your confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.