Consequences of reckless driving in Florida

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2023 | Car Accidents |

Reckless drivers harm thousands of people in Florida annually. Florida statute 316.192 defines reckless driving as any action by a driver that puts others at risk. If convicted, the charge stays on your record for 75 years. A driver can be fined up to $500 the first time they are found guilty. A judge must automatically order the person into drug treatment if drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. A person trying to flee from law enforcement is automatically charged with reckless driving.

What are some common reckless driving examples?

Reckless driving occurs when someone operates a vehicle in a manner that endangers the public. Therefore, if a Florida sandstorm drastically reduces visibility, a law enforcement officer can charge a driver with reckless driving while the driver is still going under the posted speed limit. More common examples include﹕

• Speeding

• Improper lane changes

• Following too closely

• Failing to yield right of way

• Improper passing

• Going the wrong direction in a lane or divided highway

• Road rage

Do fines increase if you are found guilty of reckless driving more than once?

The consequences can increase each subsequent time a person is found guilty of reckless driving. For example, the fine can rise to $1,000 for a second charge. Additionally, the person can be sentenced to a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in prison.

Common injuries caused by reckless driving accidents

Suppose you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with a reckless driver. In that case, you may receive spinal cord injuries, be disfigured, receive brain injuries, need to have a body part amputated, have bruising and need to heal from broken bones.

Reckless driving is driving in any manner that is unsafe and often results in accidents.


attorneys Brad Culpepper and Brett J. Kurland