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Did a charge for reckless driving catch you by surprise?

While driving is an enjoyable activity for many Connecticut residents, it is also an activity that could land you in trouble. You may travel over the speed limit and risk a ticket or carry out other actions that could result in an officer conducting a traffic stop. Of course, some driver maneuvers are considered more dangerous than others.

If an officer believes that you conducted a particularly risky action while behind the wheel of a vehicle, you could find yourself charged with reckless driving. This accusation is more serious than simply receiving a citation for traveling a few miles over the speed limit.

When might your driving be reckless?

Unfortunately, reckless driving is more common than many individuals want to admit. You may be among the many drivers who believe that since everyone goes over the speed limit, it is not a big deal. However, excessive speeding can constitute reckless driving. Speed is a common factor in serious car accidents, and you could face serious repercussions if an officer believes you traveled at a reckless speed.

You may also want to check yourself if you carry out any of the following reckless driving behaviors:

  • Not letting others pass: You may feel annoyed if another driver attempts to pass you, but speeding up or slowing down to prevent him or her from passing could lead to an accident.
  • Tailgating: Driving too closely to the vehicle in front of you is a serious safety issue.
  • Cutting drivers off: If you cut too closely in front of another vehicle, you risk hitting that vehicle or causing the other driver to swerve and lose control.
  • Running red lights: Traffic signs and signals are in use for a reason, and if you disregard them, your reckless behavior could result in harm to you and others.

Numerous other actions could also lead officers to believe that you acted recklessly. If so, you may have more to worry about than paying a traffic ticket. Reckless driving could result in criminal charges that you need to take seriously.

Defending against charges

As with any type of criminal charge, you have the right to defend against reckless driving allegations. In order to understand your legal options, you may wish to discuss your case with a knowledgeable defense attorney. The right information could help you feel more comfortable as your case proceeds.

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