What Exactly is Reckless Driving and What Is The Punishment For It?
If you have had the chance to drive on Houston roads, then you know Houston drivers are not the safest. It is more common than not to see a Houston driver speeding down I-610 (when there’s no traffic or construction) doing 80 in a 60. To add to that, road rage and distracted driving are also common problems on Houston roads.
Reckless drivers, however, are in a category all on their own. Reckless drivers often cause extensive property damage and catastrophic physical injuries. They exhibit the worst of the worst when it comes to driving habits.
Reckless Driving: You Know It When You See It
Who is a Reckless Driver?
In Texas, reckless driving is a criminal offense. Under Texas law, a reckless driver is one who operates a motor vehicle “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”
Habitually, some are careless and aggressive drivers who are not easy to handle. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety concluded that men drive more miles, practice riskier behavior behind the wheel, and die in automobile crashes more often than women.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a category or risky driving that they place reckless drivers in. Risky driving is the added element of intentionality that transforms a driver’s bad actions into reckless driving.
Behaviors of a Reckless Driver
These behaviors can include, but are not limited to:
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Distracted driving because of talking, texting, eating, putting on makeup, etc.
- Driving the wrong way
- Failing to stop at a stop sign
- Running red lights
Punishment for Reckless Driving
These, and other actions, violate local and state motor vehicle statutes but in place to protect the roads and drivers. Punishment can include a fine up to $200, jail time for up to 30 days, or both.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
Your claim against a reckless driver has the possibility of being criminal and civil, so there are a few more steps to take. If you or a loved one have been injured by a reckless driver, call to speak with an experienced Houston car accident lawyer at the Pusch and Nguyen Law Firm for a free consultation. (713) 524-8139. They’ll walk you through your options and see what the next step is best for you.