What is Reckless Driving?

Have you ever been frustrated by a driver who is engaging in a kind of driving that to you seems very dangerous and risky however you can’t point out exactly what he or she is doing that is specifically against the law? Perhaps he or she is dashing between cars at a rapid rate in order to get to the front of a traffic jam or the driver is speeding up and slowing down at frighteningly fast intervals and you are left braking at a moments notice in order to avoid a serious car crash.

When you see drivers like this, you may be frustrated because you feel that you cannot report what they are doing to the police as everything seems “technically” legal. But this is truly not the case. These drivers are engaging in something referred to as “reckless driving” and although the law may without a certain degree of specificity, it is indeed against the law.

Types of Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is an umbrella term for drivers that are operating their vehicles with a “reckless” or “willful” disregard for the safety of other people, both drivers and pedestrians. It is also referred to in various states as “careless driving” or “dangerous driving.”

The laws vary greatly from state to state but the main concept of driving that may cause undue harm to others stays true by all 50. There are many, many things that can be interpreted as reckless driving and most laws allow for a certain degree of police discretion when it comes to enforcing the law.

If a police officer decides that a certain way of driving, as long as his or her assessment is reasonable, may cause injury to others, a ticket may be given. But there are certain acts that drivers include in frequently which are specifically listed under reckless driving. These acts include:

o Driving 25 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit

o Driving considerably under the speed limit to the point where other vehicles may be hard pressed to avoid an accident. This is especially true on the highway.

o Trying to elude a police officer. This includes snaking down certain streets or running into stores in order to avoid the police.

o Passing other vehicles when visibility of oncoming traffic is severely limited.

To find out more about reckless driving, visit the website of the Green Bay car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier SC today.

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