In the United States, reckless driving is considered a major violation because of the risks involved. According to California’s statute reckless driving is driving in a “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Reckless driving can cause damage to property and more importantly put other people in high risk of injury. In California, if you are convicted of reckless driving and have caused bodily injury to someone, you can face jail time ranging from 5 days to 90 days or by a fine ranging from $145 to $1,000, or both. In California, reckless driving penalties may also include the suspension of your driver’s license and two points on your driving record.
Examples of Reckless Driving
There are many ways where you can be found guilty for reckless driving. Examples of reckless driving can be swerving in-between lanes, tailgating, “burning rubber” (tires) deliberately, cutting cars off, not obeying street signs, excessive speeding, and more. Californians call reckless driving “road rage” and we can see it almost every day on the roads. We consider road rage to be a dangerous driver who exhibits any of the examples of the actions mentioned above. Another person who can exhibit reckless driving is one found guilty of DUI. Most police officers catch people driving drunk, or under the influence because of some sort of reckless driving. If you have been found guilty of reckless driving, call our experienced defense lawyers for a free consultation.