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What is reckless driving

What is reckless driving?

After a car accident, many victims question how the accident even happened. It is has become increasingly common for accidents to occur because of reckless driving. In Nevada it is a crime "for a person to drive a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of the safety or persons or property." Drivers may be cited for reckless driving for running red lights, failure to halt at a stop sign, texting while driving, and driving considerably over the speed limit. Additionally, if the driver of the car is the proximate cause of a collision with a pedestrian or a person riding a bicycle, then the driver is recklessly driving. As long as the infraction does not cause substantial physical harm or death, it is a misdemeanor. If the infraction does cause substantial physical harm or death, the infraction is a felony.

The penalties for reckless driving are quite often severe. For the first offense, the person may be fined between $250 and $1000, and may be imprisoned for six months or less. For the second offense, the person may be fined between $1000 and $1500, and may be imprisoned for six months or less. For the first offense, the person may be fined between $1500 and $2000, and may be imprisoned for six months or less. Additionally, the driver's license may be suspended for between 6 months and 2 years. The driver's car may also be impounded for a period of 15 or 30 days. Being found guilty of reckless driving adds 8 demerit points to the driver's license.Intent is not an element of reckless driving. The prosecution does not have to prove that a driver intended to act recklessly. However, the prosecutor does have to prove that the reckless driver was aware of the risk and consciously disregarded it. If you were hurt by a driver recklessly driving, please contact our law offices.

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