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San Jose CA reckless driving charges lawyerSome people may think that a reckless driving charge is no big deal, but in reality, a reckless driving charge can seriously impact your life. Not only can you face criminal charges for reckless driving, but you can also face license suspension, fines and an increase in your insurance rates. Even though reckless driving is still a traffic offense, it has much more serious consequences than a simple speeding ticket or other traffic violation.

What is Reckless Driving?

California VEH 23103 is the portion of the vehicle code that deals with reckless driving. According to the vehicle code, reckless driving occurs when a person is driving a vehicle “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” You can be charged with reckless driving in a variety of situations. These can including:

  • Excessive speeding;
  • Weaving;
  • DUI;
  • Street racing; and
  • Hit-and-run accidents.

Sentencing for Reckless Driving

In California, a basic reckless driving charge is a misdemeanor and can result in a minimum of five days and a maximum of 90 days in prison and a fine between $145 and $1,000. If the reckless driving incident resulted in death or bodily injury or you have a prior reckless driving charge on your record, those penalties will most likely increase. 

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San Jose car accident attorney, teen car accidents, driving safety tips, reckless driving, distracted drivingFor parents, the day their teenager gets his or her driver’s license is the day they can retire from being a chauffeur—no more carpooling kids to school or waiting outside movie theaters when your child is late for the pre-arranged pick up time. Unfortunately, it can also mean the end of a good night’s sleep, as you wait for your teen to return home safely in your vehicle.

Teens are the most at risk group for car accidents, which can end up resulting in serious and potentially life threatening injuries. The following offers information to make you aware of the dangers, along with tips on communicating to your teen the importance of driver safety.

Teen Car Accidents and Injuries

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San Jose car accident attorneys, reckless driving, self-driving cars, distracted driving accidents, car accident injuriesWhile car accidents and injuries are sometimes the result of dangerous roads, adverse weather conditions, and auto manufacturer defects, the most common cause is human error. Despite the efforts of law enforcement and extensive traffic safety public awareness campaigns, reckless driving behaviors such as distracted driving and driving under the influence continue to claim thousands of lives each year. Could self-driving, autonomous vehicles be the solution to the problem?

Self-Driving Vehicles

In a December 5, 2017 Forbes article on self-driving vehicles, the writer poses the theory that self-driving vehicles may be the most effective way of reducing the overall number of car accidents due to distracted driving and other reckless driving behaviors. Written half tongue in cheek, the article asserts the claim that by making driving an autonomous activity, drivers would be freer to focus their attention on other matters, such as their cellphones and other mobile devices.

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San Jose motor vehicle accident attorneys, car accidents, driver negligence, reckless driving, motor vehicle accidentsMotor vehicle accidents are complex events, often involving multiple factors that act as contributing causes. In investigating your claim, our car accident attorney will thoroughly review witness statements, traffic videotape monitoring, the accident scene, and police reports, gathering the evidence needed to show the other driver was to blame.

While the following are three common factors that make crashes and collisions more likely to occur, the fact is it is still generally the other driver’s reckless or negligent behavior that is ultimately to blame.

1. Adverse Weather Conditions

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motor vehicle accident, distracted driving, San Jose car accident attorneys, reckless driving, parking lot accidentMany of us have had the experience of a near miss while walking or driving through a parking lot. Maybe we were crossing a lane or pulling out from a space, when all of a sudden a driver appears, barely avoiding a motor vehicle accident. Unfortunately, these types of collisions are increasingly common, with reckless driving behaviors such as speeding and distracted driving to blame.

Parking Lots Accidents and Injuries

Parking lot accidents are often considered ‘fender benders,’ so minor that drivers fail to report them to their insurers. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), these accidents actually have the potential to be quite serious, killing roughly 500 drivers and pedestrians each year, and causing serious injuries for as many as 60,000 others.

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San Jose traffic violations attorney, California traffic ticketNo one likes being pulled over by the police. People like it even less when they receive a ticket or citation as a result. However, for some, that is only the beginning of the problems. Many people work paycheck to paycheck and simply cannot afford to shell out extra money for an expense of which they did not plan or budget. Until this year, a program was in place to help those individuals. The California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program was enacted in 2015 as a measure to relieve the financial burden receiving a ticket can have. However, that program ended as of April 3, 2017.

About the Amnesty Program

Under the program, drivers with unpaid tickets were eligible to have the amount they owed reduced or have their revoked driver’s license reinstated, barring any legal exclusions. Roughly 200,000 people were assisted by this program which helped them reduce the amount of debt they had to pay and the time frame in which they had to pay it. Now, the program has expired. So, what does that mean for you?

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