Reckless driving is a moving violation in which a driver displays a disregard for the rules of the road, and our San Diego car accident lawyers know that reckless drivers are a major cause of car accidents. In essence, reckless drivers put themselves and others at risk. As such, reckless driving offenders are punished by fines, jail time, and/or driver's license suspension or revocation.
Reckless Driving Often Involves More Than One Traffic ViolationDisregard for the safety of people or property is a common element in reckless driving car accidents. Reckless driving acts include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Causing an automobile accident
- Distracted driving
- Drinking and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving without headlights
- Improper turns
- Running red lights
- Running stop signs
- Suddenly braking
Excessive Speeding Alone Can Be Reckless DrivingWhile speeding alone isn't usually considered reckless driving, an extremely high rate of speed might lead an officer to charge someone with reckless driving. When other mitigating factors are involved, speeding might lead to a reckless driving charge. These factors, along with speed, include:
- Presence of pedestrian traffic
- Time of day
- Traffic conditions
- Width and surface of the roadway.
Alcohol and Drugs Also Lead to Reckless DrivingEveryone that gets behind the wheel knowing that they are drunk or impaired are by definition reckless drivers, in that drunk or drugged drivers put the lives of everyone on the road at risk. According to the courts, however, reckless driving and DUI (or DWI) offenses are separate crimes, and drivers may sometimes be charged with both crimes.
Teenagers Often Engage in Reckless DrivingWhen parents are out of sight, teenage drivers -- who are just starting to get a feel for the road -- engage in reckless driving behavior to impress their friends and test their limits. Teens want to be “cool” and part of the group, and they test their limits. Many times, their ambitions get in the way of sound judgment. Our car accident lawyers have handled terrible cases where teen drivers died because of reckless driving or drunk driving accidents that were easily preventable. In fact, most car accidents can be prevented by following these simple tips:
- Always wear a seatbelt
- Avoid distractions caused by passengers, cell phones, food, or loud music
- Don’t speed
- Obey all traffic signs
- And try not to drive when tired.