If an otherwise careful person makes an avoidable mistake due to a moment of inattention (think, running a red light), they have been “negligent” and should compensate for the harm they cause. But where someone totally disregards notions of common sense and reasonable safety, they may be acting in a careless, or even reckless, manner. Such conduct also triggers a duty to compensate those who are harmed, and if the conduct is severe enough a court may allow an additional award in the form of “punitive damages.” If you or someone you know has been seriously injured by negligent or reckless conduct, consult a trusted attorney. Mark B. Smith has handled these cases for individuals, and for businesses. He can be reached by phone or text at 513-287-7447, or send him a direct message through the website contact form.