Reckless driving is a serious traffic violation and may lead to significant criminal sanctions if a Virginia resident is convicted on their charges. While most readers may understand reckless driving involves operating one's vehicle at a high rate of speed, reckless driving can mean more than just excessive speeding. Reckless driving may be charged when a driver is suspected of driving in such a manner as to have no regard for the consequences of their actions.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia it is illegal to drive recklessly. However, what it actually means to be reckless while behind the wheel of a car is not defined by one particular act. Under the Code of Virginia, different forms of conduct may constitute reckless driving and therefore the applicable statute may be read to apply to individuals who exhibited different driving behaviors.
Certain driving actions are considered reckless by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. When an individual drives in such a way that the state believes that they knew or should have known about the harm they could cause then they may face a reckless driving infraction. This post will discuss some of the specific grounds on which a reckless driving charge may be based.
Recently, WalletHub looked into how strict the different states are regarding speeding and reckless driving. The report ranked Virginia among the nation’s strictest on this front.