You may not consider yourself someone who would commit a crime. However, most people commit minor offenses often without even thinking twice about them. You may not have considered whether you have broken the law in many instances while you have been behind the wheel of your vehicle, but it is possible that you have.
You may receive a wake-up call about your actions when a police officer pulls you over. He or she may state that you were driving recklessly, and you may find yourself surprised at the term. You may not think that you acted in a reckless manner, but you could still end up with a traffic citation or even a criminal charge depending on the circumstances.
Types of reckless driving
Some forms of reckless driving have become relatively commonplace on the roadways. Still, their regular appearances do not make them any less dangerous or any more legal. If you face an accusation for reckless driving, it could stem from one or more of the following actions:
- Cutting off other drivers: When changing lanes or merging, you should always give other travelers enough space. If you swerve quickly in front of someone else, you could cause a serious accident.
- Passing illegally: This action and cutting off drivers have some similarities in that you take an unnecessary risk and put yourself and others in danger. Passing illegally means that you have tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone or in a dangerous area, like on a hill.
- Speeding: One of the most common forms of reckless driving relates to speeding. You may not consider it a problem because everyone goes over the limit now and then, but excessive speed could cause serious issues, especially if you lose control.
- Running a red light: Failing to adhere to any traffic signal or sign constitutes a reckless action. Trying to quickly get through a red light -- even if it just turned -- could result in a crash.
- Tailgating: When in a hurry, many people think they can get the drivers in front of them to move more quickly if they tailgate them. However, this action only increases the risk of an accident if the driver in front makes a sudden stop.
These examples are only a few that could result in a ticket for reckless driving. They could also result in serious harm in the event of an accident. Still, if you received a citation for such a violation and you believe that it does not apply to your situation, you could take steps to fight the ticket in court.