What Is Reckless Driving under Indiana Law?

Auto Accident Blackburn & Green - April 22, 2020
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In an earlier blog, we discussed Indiana’s statutory provisions regarding aggressive driving. Closely related to aggressive driving, but constituting a separate criminal offense, is reckless driving.

Under Indiana law, a driver commits reckless driving by doing any one of the following things:

  • Drives at such an unreasonably high or low rate of speed that he endangers the safety or property of others or blocks the proper flow of traffic
  • Passes another vehicle from behind while on a slope or in a curve, where vision is obstructed for a distance of less than 500 feet ahead
  • Drives in and out of a lane of traffic, except under permitted circumstances
  • Speeds up or refuses to give half of the roadway to a driver overtaking and attempting to pass
  • Recklessly passes a school bus stopped on a roadway when the arm signal device is in the extended position

Reckless driving is not punished as severely as aggressive driving. It is a Class B misdemeanor, which can bring a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to 180 days. In the case of passing a stopped school bus, however, a Class A misdemeanor may be charged if a person is injured as a result.

Driver’s license revocation will be recommended by the court if reckless driving causes damage to the property of another or causes bodily injury. The revocation may be for a period between 30 days and one year.

If you are injured due to someone else’s reckless driving, your burden in a lawsuit is substantially lessened. The reckless driving statute exists to benefit public safety, making it easier for you to prevail.

If you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for items such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Failing to act on your claim in a timely manner, however, can bar your case. The experienced attorneys of Blackburn & Green will begin working on your behalf immediately. We offer free initial consultations at our office locations or at your home or hospital room. Call (800) 444-1112 or (260) 422-4400 to be connected with one of our 27 convenient office locations across Indiana, or fill out our online Contact Form to schedule a consultation.

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