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Explaining reckless driving in Georgia

Getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is a privilege, not a right. That means that a driver's license can be taken away at the discretion of the government if laws are broken repeatedly. It also means that certain groups of people cannot even be issued licenses based on their past. One issue that causes a lot of tragedy is that of reckless driving.

Reckless driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle with disregard for the safety of others. Drivers who are cited with reckless driving receive the charge because they willingly disregarded the laws governing the road, which possibly led to an accident, damaged property or injured another person on the road.

When it comes to charging a person with reckless driving, he or she must have done something other than negligently operating a motor vehicle. There has to be something of substance in their negligent operation of the vehicle to support the charge of reckless driving. This can include any of the following actions:

  • Fleeing police
  • Racing other vehicles
  • Driving more than 25 mph above the posted speed limit
  • Passing a vehicle on a two-lane highway with limited visual of oncoming traffic

Reckless driving charges are Class 2 misdemeanors in the state of North Carolina.

Being involved in a car accident caused by a reckless driver in Georgia can be traumatic. Injuries can range from minor to severe and many victims wind up out of work due to their injuries. An experienced motor vehicle accident attorney can aid you in your case.

Source: FindLaw, "Reckless Driving," accessed Sep. 20, 2017

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