A pickup truck driver has been charged with reckless driving after colliding with a van carrying 12 carnival workers in Chesterfield County, Virginia (VA) and injuring 11 of the occupants.

“Police say the pickup struck the van broadside. The van flipped and its trailer broke off,” the Associated Press reported. Fortunately none of the injuries sustained in this accident were life threatening. Six people were taken to a local hospital, while five more carnival workers were treated for minor injuries’ at the scene.

Our experienced Virginia Beach personal injury attorneys see numerous instances in which reckless driving has been linked to injuries or a loss of life.

Recently we reported on how a police officer from Norfolk, Virginia (VA), who killed a bicyclist in a traffic accident, was convicted of misdemeanor reckless driving.

Just last month we noted how a spate of recent tragedies on the highways of Hampton Roads, Virginia (VA), appeared to have been caused by reckless driving, excess speed and drivers drifting to other lanes.

At times the victims of reckless driving can be the very people who patrol the roads in the aim of preventing bad driving. Last month we reported on injuries to two Virginia state troopers. In the case of one trooper, who was hurt on the I-395 The driver of a Lincoln Town Car that stopped abruptly in front of the trooper was charged with reckless driving. The trooper was then rear ended by an Acura. The driver of that car was also charged with reckless driving.

A reckless driving charge may not just leave the driver with a criminal record. It could also result in a lawsuit.