What is reckless driving?

What Is Reckless DrivingReckless driving is a common type of behind-the-wheel negligence that can lead to accidents, injuries, and deaths. This is no minor traffic infraction. In California, reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense that can result in up to three months in jail, between $145 and $1,000 in fines, and as many as two years probation.

Section 23103 of the California Vehicle Code defines reckless driving as “a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway (or in an off-street parking facility) in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. . . ." Though the term “reckless driving” can refer to a wide range of unsafe behaviors, common examples include:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Instigating conflicts with other drivers
  • Purposefully running other vehicles off the road
  • Weaving in and out of lanes in a way that endangers other motorists
  • Engaging in illegal street racing
  • Disregarding traffic signs and signals

California law considers two types of reckless driving: “wet” reckless driving, which indicates the involvement of drugs or alcohol, and “dry” reckless driving, which drugs and alcohol were not a factor.

Were You Injured by a Reckless Driver?

Reckless driving causes countless accidents, injuries, and fatalities each year—both in California and across the nation. If you were injured in an accident caused by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for damages such as medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Additionally, if the reckless driver's conduct was particularly egregious, you may be entitled to a rarely-awarded type of compensation known as punitive damages.

Do you have questions about an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit? The knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorneys with the Inland Empire Law Group can answer your questions, and help you better understand your legal rights and options. Contact us today at (888) 694-3529 or (909) 481-0100 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.