How Dangerous is Reckless Driving in Louisiana?
Reckless driving in Louisiana is surprisingly common. The unfortunate truth is most people are in a rush. They may succumb to in-vehicle distractions and generally live in service of self. You should not have to suffer without compensation simply because other drivers are careless and selfish. Our legal team is here to help you obtain compensation following an accident with a reckless driver in Louisiana. We will also aid you in any other incident in which another person or party failed to provide due care. Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys can also help drivers charged with reckless driving.
The Definition of Reckless Driving
Reckless driving occurs when an individual operates a motor vehicle in a manner that puts the well-being of others in jeopardy. Reckless driving is different from speeding and many other traffic laws. It primarily hinges on each unique case’s nuanced circumstances. The state of Louisiana’s reckless driving law is detailed under §58 Careless Operation that states an individual driving an automobile on Louisiana public roads must drive prudently and carefully to prevent endangering other people and their property.
If the failure to drive a vehicle in this manner results in death, the penalties can be quite severe. As an example, a driver who fails to control his or her vehicle after falling asleep and causes an accident that takes a life will face numerous penalties including potential incarceration. At a bare minimum, courts will require such a driver to perform upwards of 250 hours of community service. His or her driver’s license will face suspension for up to two years.
Examples of Reckless Driving
Falling asleep behind the wheel is only one of many examples of reckless driving. Driving 25 miles per hour or faster beyond the posted speed limit also qualifies as reckless driving. Even driving 10 or 15 miles per hour above the speed limit can qualify as reckless driving if done while racing another vehicle or in an attempt to evade the police.
Putting others in danger by running stop signs or red lights, failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians or other drivers, crossing a double yellow line and texting while driving are additional examples of reckless driving. Furthermore, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol qualifies as reckless driving and also creates the potential for a DUI/DWI conviction.
How to Proceed After an Accident With a Reckless Driver
If you are facing a charge for reckless driving, do not panic. A carefully crafted legal strategy has the potential to prevent punishment or at least reduce the severity of punishment. Whether you have been charged with reckless driving or believe you are the victim of a reckless driver, your first course of action should be reaching out to our legal team for assistance.
Do not take a reckless driving charge lightly. If the court finds you guilty, you will face numerous penalties. You might find it is difficult to obtain auto insurance after the incident. Meet with our legal team right away so we have ample time to formulate the optimal legal strategy for your unique case. We will review the facts of your case and determine the best approach to defend against the charge. This is the detailed legal defense you need to avoid jail, fines, probation, a driver’s license suspension and additional penalties.
Are You a Victim of Reckless Driving in Louisiana? Contact our Attorneys Today
If you suspect another driver’s reckless driving is responsible for your accident, pain, diminished earning capacity and/or other losses, meet with us for a review of your case. We will help obtain compensation for all costs related to reckless driving in Louisiana. Alternatively, if you have received a charge for reckless driving, it might be possible to have the charge dropped or reduced with a strong legal defense. Contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today.
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