A dynamic view of a multi-lane highway at sunset, taken from a moving car. The sky is ablaze with vibrant hues of pink, orange, and purple. Trees and hills line the sides of the road, and other vehicles are blurred. Fortunately, there's no reckless driving to mar this picturesque scene.

The state of Pennsylvania does not permit reckless driving. If you were convicted, you will likely face serious life-altering penalties. Reach out to Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today to have a committed Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney on your side.

What is reckless driving in Pennsylvania?

Reckless driving is defined as when a driver acts with complete disregard of safety for others on the roads. An individual can be charged for driving recklessly for several reasons including both willful actions and negligent driving. If you were charged with a reckless driving ticket, you will likely face severe consequences.

What are common examples of reckless driving?

  • Speeding: This is considered reckless driving when someone is driving too fast for the road conditions. For example, someone driving 90 mph in a 45 mph zone will likely be charged with driving recklessly. Additionally, if there is snow on the road, an individual traveling just a few miles per hour over the speed limit could be risking the lives of others on the road and can result in a conviction.
  • Weaving: When somebody is driving in an unpredictable manner, an accident could occur in the blink of an eye.
  • Tailgating: Tailgating occurs when a driver is following another vehicle too closely, which can put you at risk for a rear-end accident. When drivers share our roads, they are expected to keep plenty of distance between their vehicle and yours.
  • Racing: Many people think that racing with a friend or somebody they met on the roads is a good idea, but in reality, it can be incredibly dangerous and even life-threatening.
  • Dangerous Vehicles: If a vehicle is missing brake lights or has bad tires, it can put the driver and others at risk.
  • Ignoring Signs/Signals: If a driver speeds up and breezes through an intersection even though they witnessed the light turning red, this can be determined as reckless.
  • Drunk Driving: Driving while intoxicated puts everybody on our roads at risk. When a driver chooses to drink and get behind the wheel of a car, they are engaging in an obvious reckless act.
  • Road Rage: Road rage is when a person uses a vehicle as a way to harm another person. This can very easily lead to disastrous results when an accident occurs.


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