All states have reckless driving laws designed to help prevent and decrease the severity of auto accidents. Some states have more lenient laws than others. Texas is the most lenient of all 50 states with its lax laws against reckless driving.
What Counts As Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is driving with a willful or wanton disregard for safety or property. This definition is fairly broad, but driving behaviors that can be considered reckless include speeding, racing, eluding a policy officer, and passing another vehicle on a two-lane highway in spite of oncoming traffic, among others.
How Does Texas Stack Up?
Unlike many other states, Texas does not define what constitutes reckless driving by the miles per hour (mph) at which a vehicle is traveling. In states like Colorado and Iowa, driving is automatically considered reckless if the vehicle is traveling at 25 mph over the posted speed limit. In addition, Texas does not use speed cameras to automatically enforce speed limits and associated penalties.
With legal speed limits up to 85 mph in some parts of the state, Texas has some of the fastest drivers in the country. If and when law enforcement officers do give out speeding tickets, the associated fines are much smaller amounts than in other states, serving as less of a deterrent. While the average Texas reckless driving ticket only costs an offender $200.00, in the state of Washington, a reckless driving ticket can cost the driver up to $5,000.00.
What Does This Mean For Texas Drivers?
Texas has a reckless driving problem. Reckless driving is responsible for countless auto accident fatalities every year, and the legal consequences given out for reckless driving are insufficient to prevent the dangerous behavior. Reckless driving doesn’t just endanger the driver; it endangers other motorists on the roadway and nearby pedestrians. The next time you get behind the wheel, do your part and drive safely.
Lubbock Car Accident Attorneys
If a reckless driver injured you or someone you love in a car accident, you can likely hold the negligent party responsible. The experienced Lubbock accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today for a free consultation.