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We often hear unsafe drivers being described as ‘reckless,’ but what exactly is reckless driving, and is it illegal?
Under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/11-503), a person commits reckless driving under the following circumstances:
Reckless driving is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois, subject to a jail sentence of up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,500.
However, if the incident results in the bodily injury of others, then the offender can be charged with aggravated reckless driving, which is a Class 4 felony. The potential penalty for aggravated reckless driving is 1 to 3 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. If the violation causes severe physical harm to a child, the offender can be convicted of a Class 3 felony punishable by 2 to 5 years of imprisonment.
Reckless driving is also one of the leading causes of auto collisions and can result in serious or fatal injuries to anyone involved.
When drivers act dangerously on the road, such as by ignoring traffic laws, speed limits, or road signs, fatal accidents can happen. Reckless drivers are often distracted or under the influence of alcohol. Other times, they may simply be careless about safety — failing to stop at a red light, cutting outside of their lane, or making an illegal turn without warning. However, by understanding the common behavior of reckless drivers, and being prepared to react, you can avert a possible auto accident.
Here are a few basic prevention strategies:
Unfortunately, reckless driving accidents are not always preventable and can happen to anyone. If you or someone you love was recently injured in a car accident after being hit by a reckless driver, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. is a team of experienced Chicago personal injury attorneys committed to helping the victims of reckless driving recover in the aftermath of a traumatic accident.
Many families are burdened by financial struggles due to consequent medical expenses, lost wages and car repair costs. We can file a legal claim on your behalf, and work to obtain a settlement award that helps restore your financial losses and move on with your life after a serious accident. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free appointment with one of our attorneys to discuss your case. Our car accident attorneys serve clients throughout the Chicago area, including Aurora, Elgin, Hinsdale, Joliet, Naperville, and Waukegan.
Don’t miss this article: Top 25 Causes of Car Accidents and What You Can Do To Prevent Them. For this month of October, the Illinois attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will be developing a blog series breaking down these leading causes of car crashes.