Avoid these common types of reckless driving

Imagine driving across Charleston on your way home from work. You are making good time through the traffic when suddenly you see red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. At the time of the traffic stop, you may be totally unaware of why the officer pulled you over.

You haven't been drinking so you are not concerned about a charge for driving under the influence (DUI), but maybe you were not careful about your speed. Perhaps you made a risky maneuver which might lead to a charge for reckless or careless driving.

Typically, reckless driving occurs when an individual ignores traffic laws and the safety of others on the road. This type of disregard can often directly or indirectly cause an accident which is why an officer will stop a driver that he or she believes is behaving in a dangerous manner. Here are some common examples of reckless driving.

Excessive speeding

While many drivers push the bounds of the speed limit at least a little bit, a police officer will pull over a driver and possibly write a citation for excessive speeding. In other words, it is probably a good idea not to do 10, 20 or 30 miles over the speed limit. Not only do you put yourself and others at greater risk the faster you go over the limit, you could also end up with a reckless driving charge.

Ignoring red lights

If a driver ignores a red light or stop sign, it could easily end in a severe crash in the middle of the intersection. Be sure to always obey traffic lights and avoid rolling through stop signs to avoid a visit to court.

Not yielding the right-of-way

Another common type of reckless driving is not yielding the right-of-way. How many times have you seen someone almost cause an accident for not properly yielding? Part of driving safety is taking the time to yield for other vehicles or pedestrians when they have the right-of-way.

DUI

Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated are also types of reckless driving. This means that you could end up facing charges for the DUI and for reckless driving.

Other types of reckless driving

Other examples of reckless driving include racing, evading the police, passing another vehicle by crossing a double yellow line and passing a stopped school bus. In addition, texting while driving can result in a reckless driving charge.

If you are facing a reckless driving charge, you could end up owing thousands of dollars in fines. And, if your reckless driving is severe enough to induce felony charges, you could even have to spend some time in jail. In addition, you might lose your license due to receiving the maximum number of demerit points, your insurance will probably go up and your job might even suffer. Keep in mind that no matter what kind of charges you are facing, you still have the right to defend yourself in court.

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