Reckless driving is one of the leading causes of fatal auto accidents in the country today. It involves drivers who want to outperform or intimidate others, or have fun and feel the thrill that it brings to them.

However, what they fail to realize is that driving recklessly significantly increases the risk of an accident because it can cause the driver to suddenly hit another vehicle or even a stationary object, go off the road and rollover, or lose control of the vehicle.

Because drivers have the tendency and means to hurt other people just by performing reckless driving actions, the law tries to remind them of their duty to other road users by imposing different penalties for this offense. Here are some of the possible penalties that a driver may have to face if convicted for reckless driving:

  • Deportation
  • Paying of fines
  • Jail time
  • Parole revocation
  • Having a misdemeanor criminal record
  • Revocation or suspension of driver's license

Meanwhile, a driver may be seen guilty of reckless driving if it was proven that he performed one or more of the following actions:


The risk of an accident significantly increases if the vehicle is moving at an excessive speed. In addition, speeding also increases the chances that the vehicle's occupants will sustain severe injuries when a crash occurs.

Making improper turns

When a driver makes an improper turn, his vehicle can end up in front or right into the path of another vehicle, thus triggering a crash. Here are some of the common examples of improper turning:

  • Turing even when there is a traffic signs that bans it
  • Turning at a red light without even stopping your vehicle to let pedestrians or other vehicles pass
  • Failure to use the auto's signal lights before turning

Drunk driving

Alcohol can affect the driver's senses and it may also cause him to have slower reflexes. In all states, a driver will be considered as drunk if his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) already reached .08%.


Tailgating happens when an auto is being followed by another vehicle too closely. It can cause an accident to happen because the driver who is at the back will not have enough time to react when the vehicle in front of him suddenly stops.

Being distracted

Drivers should concentrate on driving and avoid being distracted. Some activities that may cause driver distraction include eating, cell phone use, reading, and applying makeup.