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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 attorneys, speeding, cause of car accidents, car accident injuries, speeding accidentsMost of us live busy lives, doing our best to juggle competing responsibilities in our home, work, and social lives. As a result, it is not uncommon to find ourselves rushing or nervously racing the clock as we head from one activity to another. Unfortunately, the busier we are, the more likely we are to take risks which endanger our safety, and speeding through traffic is one of those risks. One of the leading causes of car accidents in San Jose, speeding not only increases your odds of being involved in an accident, but also increases your chances of suffering serious and potentially life threatening injuries.

Speed Related Car Accidents and Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) advises that speeding is a factor in more than one third of all car accidents and injuries in the United States, resulting in roughly 10,000 traffic fatalities each year. As a type of aggressive driving behavior, speeding may involve driving over the speed limit or going excessively fast in adverse weather conditions, in school zones, or in areas of road construction.

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