Reckless drivers endanger themselves and everyone else on the road when they choose to drive irresponsibly. According to Alaska Statute 28.35.400, reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle “in a manner that creates a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to a person or to property.” Since offenders are frequently viewed as a threat to public safety, reckless driving is a more serious offense than most other breaches of traffic law.
Reckless Driving Examples
Some of the most common types of reckless driving include:
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Passing on curves
- Failure to use turn signals
- Distracted driving
- Weaving in and out of lanes
- Failure to yield right-of-way
Reckless Driving Penalties
Reckless driving is a criminal misdemeanor in Alaska, and it is punishable by up to one year in jail, and a maximum of $1,000 in fines. The first offense carries a license suspension of at least 30 days. Repeat offenders will face a minimum one-year suspension on their second conviction and at least a three-year suspension on their third. A conviction for reckless driving will also become part of the offender’s criminal record.
In addition to the legal penalties, a reckless driving conviction can have other negative consequences. The conviction will be reported to the driver’s insurance company, which will likely result in higher insurance rates. A criminal record may also negatively impact future employment and educational opportunities, since the reckless driving conviction will also be reported during background checks.
You Need an Attorney
In addition to criminal penalties, reckless drivers are liable for the damage they have caused. If you’ve been injured in a collision due to the irresponsible actions of a reckless driver, you deserve compensation. You’re entitled to recover damages for your medical bills, vehicle repair costs, lost income, and pain and suffering. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.