The Legal Consequences of Reckless Driving

Driving a car can easily become an unpleasant task to some drivers due to pokey or slow-moving pedestrians or the sudden presence of a volume of pedestrians, parking cars, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, city buses and taxicabs, detours, road constructions and long traffic signals.

Losing patience because of slow-moving traffic is what often causes a number of drivers to drive and maneuver their vehicles recklessly, just to get ahead of everyone else. Reckless driving does not only happen on busy streets or main thoroughfares, though, but even inside parking lots. In fact, in some states, the following acts are considered reckless driving:

  • Racing
  • Driving beyond 80 mph
  • Driving at least 20 mph more beyond the posted speed limit
  • Passing a school bus that is picking up or dropping off children
  • Overtaking an ambulance or an emergency vehicle
  • Failing to use turn signals
  • Improper maneuvering or driving above speed limit in parking areas
  • Overtaking another vehicle in a one lane road

Reckless driving is defined in US laws as a display of wanton disregard for road safety and road safety rules. “Wanton disregard,” meanwhile, is described as awareness of the possible risk or harm that one can cause personally and the deliberate act of ignoring such risk or harm.

Reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor (if resulting to injury or death, it can be elevated to class 1 misdemeanor or felony, depending on the laws of a state). The punishments usually associated with it are imprisonment and/or fine, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, cancellation of parole, possible deportation and a misdemeanor criminal record.

If the offense, however, is committed in Federal territories, such as those located in the state of Virginia, like the George Washington Parkway, military bases, Quantico area, Pentagon area, and other Northern Virginia Federal government facilities, then the penalties will surely be much harsher. The penalties can include a fine that can amount to $5,000.00, up to 6 months imprisonment, suspension of driver’s license and driving privileges, and points on one’s driver’s license.

It will never be easy for victims of car accidents caused by reckless drivers to prove that the driver, without doubt, was driving recklessly, thus the accident. It will definitely require the assistance of West Palm Beach car accident lawyers to prove the guilt of a driver who has no thought about pedestrians’ and other motorists’ safety.

An Oklahoma City car accident lawyer is another highly-competent legal professional that victims can depend on. Lawyers, whether in West Palm Beach or Oklahoma City, understand how hard and, probably, traumatic it is for victims of reckless driving to suffer physical injury and fall into deep financial worries over cost of medical treatment, loss of profit and other damages resulting from the accident-caused injuries. Victims, therefore, should never delay contacting a lawyer if they want to attain justice fast.