In Jan. 2023, an Uber driver careened off the road and crashed into an outdoor dining area. At least 20 people suffered injuries as a result. An 11-year-old child had a leg amputated and a toddler suffered a broken foot. An indictment was recently handed down; however, it was not against the Uber driver but a 26-year-old man who was reportedly driving in a reckless manner moments earlier and struck the Uber vehicle, which caused it to veer off the road.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the Uber car had apparently been driving though his license had been revoked. The man faces face 10 counts of third-degree assault, as well as one for fleeing the scene of a collision.
Damages in a reckless driving accident
Reckless driving often has devastating results. Besides vehicle damage, in a case like this, there are multiple other damages, as well, such as property damage at the outdoor dining area of the local bar and grill in question, physical injuries of the people who were hit by the Uber car. Severe emotional and mental trauma are also common in the aftermath of a car accident.
Recourse for recovering victims
In the case of a minor who suffers injuries because of a driver’s negligence, a parent or guardian may seek restitution in civil court on the child’s behalf. Adults who are recovering from injuries may file their own legal claims against the party deemed responsible for the collision. When a driver is also facing criminal charges, evidence used in the criminal case may help substantiate a plaintiff’s case in civil court.