In Texas reckless driving is a criminal offense and is defined by the Texas Transportation Code as " wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." Criminal penalites for this offence include a fine up to $200.00 and up to 30 days confinement in county jail.
Speeding by itself is a traffic violation; however, if a violator is determined to have driven at excessive speed in a crowded area, a neighborhood, or near a school zone, police officers have the discretion to determine that such behavior is a wilful and wanton disregard for the safety of others and can charge them with a reckless driving offense. Being pulled over for multiple violations, such as speeding, running stop signs, and exhibiting acceleration in a school zone also triggers the potential for a reckless driving offense.
As the reckless driving law indicates, the safety of persons and property is the primary concern in these incidents. Horrible things happen to innocent bystanders and drivers when people drive recklessly.
If you or a family member has been harmed by a reckless driver, call us now and we will evaluate your case and determine the appropriate remedy and recovery for you. Thank you.