In the early morning hours of August 14, a tractor-trailer carrying frozen foods northbound on I-81 merged directly into a tour bus carrying 40 passengers. Six people were hurt in the crash, including both drivers. An investigation into the Virginia truck accident revealed that it had been caused by the trucker’s reckless driving.
But what exactly is reckless driving, and could your 18-wheeler accident and injury have been caused by reckless driving, too? According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, reckless driving comes in a number of forms:
- Speeding while going over 80 miles per hour.
- Speeding and driving more than 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
- Street racing.
- Passing an emergency vehicle.
- Passing a stopped school bus.
- Passing on a hill or before a curve in the road.
- Passing at a railroad crossing.
- Passing two abreast.
- Driving two vehicles abreast.
- Driving too fast for conditions.
- Failing to give signal properly when turning.
- Failure to properly use your brakes.
- Failing to yield the right of way.
- Improper control of your vehicle.
- Dangerous driving in a parking lot.
- Driving with an obstructed view.
There is also a general reckless driving charge, which could include any sort of driving on Virginia roads in which the vehicle is not in proper control of the driver and could endanger others or endanger others’ property: that means that basically any dangerous driving could lead to a reckless driving charge.
Reckless driving carries with it a Class 1 misdemeanor charge. This charge can result in up to a year in jail, a six-month driver's license suspension, and fines of up to $2,500. The consequences for a commercial trucker charged with reckless driving can be even more serious.
Virginia Truck Accident Attorney
Far too many tractor-trailer accidents in Virginia are caused by truckers engaged in reckless driving. If you have been injured in a truck accident in which the truck driver was charged with reckless driving, or in which you believe the trucker was driving recklessly, you may wish to speak with an experienced, knowledgeable Virginia truck accident attorney. At Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan, we offer big rig injury victims free, private consultations. Call 800-752-0042 today to schedule one.