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Reckless driving is more than just a traffic violation

by | Apr 7, 2020 | Firm News

In recent weeks, the demand on truck drivers has increased as the needs for goods has increased across the country, including here in Michigan. With truckers on the roads longer right now, the potential for making mistakes goes up as well. Being accused of reckless driving will not only affect the holder of a commercial driver’s license, but could also lead to harsher penalties since it is considered more than just a traffic violation.

The primary distinction of reckless driving is the allegation that the driver accused of it willfully disregarded the safety of others by his or her actions. The driver knew or should have known that engaging in certain activities behind the wheel puts others in danger, but he or she ignored that fact. It is not necessary for an accident to have occurred in order to face this charge, but it would surely exacerbate the situation.

Most of the reasons why a truck driver would face such a charge are usually obvious. Extreme driving behaviors that put others in danger will often fall under this category. Common behaviors that could lead to a charge of reckless driving include driving 25 mph over the speed limit or more, attempting to pass when visibility is limited and eluding police.

Reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor here in Michigan. This means a conviction could include fines, jail time and more. However, these are not the only issues facing truck drivers accused of this offense. Their CDL may also be in jeopardy, which means their livelihood is in jeopardy as well. Challenging this and any other driving charge is paramount to try to limit the impact of any traffic-related issues that arise, and it would be wise to enlist assistance from a Michigan attorney experienced in helping truck drivers facing traffic violations, misdemeanor or felony charges associated with driving.