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Reckless Driving

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Aggressively Defending Against Reckless Driving in MD 

Reckless driving is a serious offense. From revoked driving privileges to incarceration, a reckless driving conviction can result in a range of harsh consequences, including criminal penalties. If you’re facing reckless driving allegations, securing experienced representation from a qualified traffic defense lawyer is imperative to avoid severe penalties.   

At Riley Legal, our Baltimore attorney has over 10 years of experience helping drivers navigate the legal complexities of reckless driving charges. With extensive knowledge of criminal and traffic laws, you can rely on our experienced team to advocate for the favorable outcome you deserve. 

Don’t throw away your driving privileges and freedom on the road by failing to secure skilled representation. Turn to Riley Legal to secure a well-fortified defense and safeguard your driving rights. 

Navigating reckless driving charges requires skilled representation. Contact us online to discuss your case with our experienced traffic defense lawyer. 

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What Constitutes Reckless Driving in MD?

Under state law, reckless driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle with wanton or willful disregard for the safety of surrounding people or property. As you can imagine, this offense encompasses a wide range of acts and driving behaviors on the road. 

The most common examples of reckless driving include: 

  • Speeding excessively above the posted speed limit
  • Aggressively weaving in and out of traffic without signaling
  • Passing vehicles on a double yellow line or in unsafe conditions
  • Failing to yield to emergency vehicles or not stopping for school buses
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Engaging in street racing or similar competitive driving on public roads
  • Ignoring traffic signals or stop signs, thereby endangering others
  • Tailgating or following too closely, especially at high speeds

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Penalties for Reckless Driving

The penalties for reckless driving can significantly impact your life. In addition to higher insurance rates and a tarnished reputation, the consequences for reckless driving can include up to $1,000 in fines and up to 6 points on your driver’s license, as well as possible incarceration for repeat offenders. Consulting with a skilled attorney as soon as possible is critical to avoid the harsh consequences of a reckless driving conviction.

Reckless vs. Negligent Driving 

Understanding the differences between negligent driving and reckless driving under state law is crucial for all drivers. While both offenses involve dangerous driving behavior, they are not the same in the eyes of the law. Distinguishing between the two can help drivers protect their driving privileges and make more informed decisions on the road.

Under Maryland Code §19-901.1, negligent driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle in a careless or imprudent manner that endangers any property or the life or person of any individual. While this offense is considered less severe than reckless driving, it still carries significant consequences. Common examples of negligent driving include:

  • Distracted driving, such as texting while driving
  • Failing to maintain a safe following distance
  • Driving at a speed that is unsafe for road conditions
  • Failing to use turn signals when required

Remember, it’s essential to seek a robust defense from a qualified traffic defense attorney to avoid the harsh consequences of a reckless or negligent driving conviction. Both negligent and reckless driving charges can harm your driving record and lead to increased insurance premiums, but the penalties and societal implications of reckless driving are often more severe. 

Is Speeding Considered Reckless Driving in Maryland?

Speeding is a serious traffic violation that can lead to fines, points on your driving record, and increased insurance rates. While speeding warrants a traffic citation in itself, excessive speeding can also lead to reckless driving charges, making it important for drivers to understand the legal consequences of their actions on the road.

In Maryland, excessive speeding is defined as driving 30 miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit. This offense carries a fine of up to $1,000 and 5 points on your driver’s license. If excessive speeding results in an accident causing serious bodily harm or death, it can be charged as a criminal offense with more severe penalties. While not every incident of speeding constitutes reckless driving, certain criteria can warrant reckless driving charges. 

Generally, speeding is considered “reckless” when it involves: 

  • Exceeding the speed limit to such an extent that it demonstrates a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. While this isn’t defined by an official speed threshold, driving at speeds well above the posted limit can be considered reckless, especially in zones with high pedestrian activity or in adverse weather conditions.
  • Engaging in dangerous behaviors while speeding. Examples include aggressively changing lanes, tailgating, or racing other vehicles on public roads.
  • Speeding in conjunction with other traffic violations. Examples include evading law enforcement, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) or causing an accident that results in property damage, injury, or death.
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