Reckless driving often times refers to the intention of disregarding the laws of the road and placing others in danger. Receiving a ticket for reckless driving happens when the rules of the road are disregarded, but doesn’t always mean there was an accident or damage caused. Because driving a vehicle can be dangerous in itself, most states have laws to keep people from operating a vehicle in a way that would ignore the safety of others, including pedestrians or other drivers. Anyone charged with this crime faces significant penalties.

Most states consider the following actions to be considered reckless driving:

  • Ignoring the speed limit over 25 miles per hour
  • Racing another driver, passing a school bus, or passing at a railroad crossing
  • Eluding a police officer
  • Unsafely passing another driver on a 2 lane highway

Many factors could be considered when deciding what is considered reckless driving. Things like the time of day, road conditions, people or animals present, or even the vehicle maintenance. If you are convicted of reckless driving, you may face fines of several hundred to several thousand dollars, suspension of your license of 30 days or more, probation of 12 months or more, or even jail time if someone was injured. Each state has different laws and penalties depending on the specifics of the case. Most states view reckless driving in the same category as driving drunk. Many states have imposed a law requiring 3rd time offenders to have an automatic prison sentence.

What should you do if faced with a reckless driving charge?

Anyone facing a reckless driving charge should contact an attorney as soon as possible. It’s important to consult with someone who is familiar with the local laws and requirements to charge you. Reckless driving is a serious charge with very significant possible consequences including an impact on your ability to obtain insurance. You want to be represented by someone who has the experience and knowledge of your local state laws. If you have been accused of driving recklessly, The Nahajski Firm can assist you. Call us at 206-621-0500 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.