You’re driving down Route 18 when you see it in your rearview mirror. The driver behind you is speeding, laying on the horn, and angrily gesturing at you. You realize that there’s nowhere to go, and then everything goes black.
When you come to, a paramedic is checking you over. You’re still behind the wheel of your car, which is full of broken glass. The airbags have been deployed, and your nose is bleeding. You ask what happened, and the paramedic tells you that you’ve been in an accident.
Accidents caused by reckless drivers are happening more and more on our nation’s highways. The American Auto Association ( AAA) conducted a year-long study in 2021. The results show that more than 1,800 injuries and 30 deaths per year are caused by reckless drivers.
Penalties for reckless driving
New Jersey defines it as driving “heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property.”
Penalties are as follows:
- First offense citations carry a fine between $50-$200 or imprisonment for up to 60 days.
- Second offense citations carry a fine between $100-$500 or imprisonment for up to three months. Or both.
In addition to the penalties listed above, the reckless driver will receive five points on their license and may have it suspended at the judge’s discretion.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident caused by another person’s reckless driving, contact an experienced legal guide. Together, you can review your options for compensation due to damages suffered as a result of the accident.