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What is Reckless Driving?

August 19, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

Previously, we brought you the story of a young driver who exited I-95 at high speed and plowed into another vehicle. That driver was charged with reckless driving, but the situation does not have to be so extreme to merit a charge of reckless driving.

On Saturday June 27, a driver crossing the Flagler Bridge crashed through a barrier gate and jumped an opening drawbridge. The 29-year-old and his passenger were treated on the scene, but police said the auto accident wasn’t the result of thrill seeking or derring-do.

“Basically, it was a distracted driver incident, and the individual was coming back towards West Palm and didn’t see the bridge arms coming down. It was suspected the guy was messing with his GPS,” an officer explained to a local news affiliate.

Does Intention Matter In A Reckless Driving Case?

Even though this driver was not intentionally being reckless, he was still charged for reckless driving. In the state of Florida, reckless driving is defined as driving any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of person or property. This can include driving carelessly or improperly, and the punishment can include fines and jail time. You don’t have to be in an auto accident to be charged with reckless driving.

When driving, you should be extra vigilant and avoid using your GPS or cell phone while your vehicle is moving. The attorneys at Colson Hick Eidson have experience helping the victims of distracted drivers. Visit our car accidents page for more information about what we do for the victims of car crashes, and contact us should you need an attorney to help with your automobile crash case.

Colson Hicks Eidson—Injury Attorneys