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What Are The Repercussions of Reckless Driving?

The Law Office of Mindy Paget Brill

Reckless driving can change your life and jeopardize your independence. Operating a vehicle requires precision and responsibility, and ignoring this fact could impact your life for years to come.

When you know what the repercussions of reckless driving are, you might have a better idea of what will happen next.

Feelings of guilt and shame

Operating your vehicle negligently might involve several behaviors including speeding, road rage, weaving in and out of traffic, and tailgating. Your actions could cause an accident or worse, you might injure your passengers or other motorists. If this happens, you may live with feelings of guilt and shame for the remainder of your life.

Loss of driving privileges

Reckless driving can also jeopardize your right to drive. Even a temporary suspension could cause a lot of uncertainty and require you to find alternative transportation so you can meet your job-related obligations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, depending on your behavior, reckless driving could be a traffic violation or a criminal offense.

Legal repercussions

You might also face other legal repercussions including fines, imprisonment and a requirement to pay restitution. Satisfying these consequences could take years and require a lot of patience.

A reckless driving charge does not have to be the end of your life. With the right support, you may have the chance to minimize the outcome of your actions. As more time passes with a clean driving record, you might eventually regain your privileges and no longer have to live with the uncertainty of your past.

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