We have all encountered reckless drivers at some point while on the road. A lot of times nothing happens. We avert them and they go on their ways. Other times, however, these irresponsible people can cause serious accidents.
Georgia’s O.C.G.A 40-6-390 defines reckless driving as “any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property.” South Carolina has a similar definition. Section 56-5-2920 of the South Carolina code states “any person who drives any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate either a willful or wanton disregard for the safety or persons or property is guilty or reckless driving.”
Some examples of reckless driving include:
- running a red light or stop sign,
- fleeing the scene of an accident,
- evading police,
- driving significantly faster than the legal speed limit,
- making an illegal u turn,
- texting while driving,
- and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.
In Georgia, the punishment for reckless driving is guilty of misdemeanor. The fine can be up to $1,000.00. A jail sentence up to one year may also be sentenced. In South Carolina, if a person is convicted of reckless driving, the driver may have his or her license suspended for 3 months, can be fined from $25.00 to $200.00 and faces 30 days in jail.
Reckless drivers can cause tragic consequences, including terrible injuries, permanent disabilities, and expensive property damage. You need an experienced attorney to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve for someone else’s careless driving. The Kerr Law Firm has the experience and expertise to get this done.
Please call the Kerr Law Firm for a free consultation on your case. You may reach us at 1-800-350-2990 or locally at 1-843-785-3330. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org