Reckless driving is a crime in Maryland

It’s rush hour after work, and traffic is crawling. Except for one car: The driver is speeding, swerving between lanes and behaving irresponsibly to escape the traffic jam. This behavior is not just irresponsible—it is very dangerous.

In addition to causing physical and psychological injuries and damaging property or other vehicles, reckless driving is against the law. Many Marylanders don’t realize this, but reckless driving is a crime in our state. In Maryland, it is a misdemeanor offense that is taken very seriously.

Reckless driving in the State of Maryland

Because reckless driving can be so dangerous and destructive, the State of Maryland recognizes it as a criminal offense. Under state law, reckless driving is defined as any driving that wantonly or willfully disregards the safety of people or property.

The offense is a misdemeanor that can incur several penalties, including a fine of up to $1,000 and six demerit points added to the reckless driver’s license. If the driver has racked up other driving offenses, their license could be suspended.

Taking action against reckless driving

Some drivers are fortunate enough not to encounter reckless drivers. Others, however, are not as lucky. If you were recently in an accident that involved a reckless driver, it may be helpful to know the criminal—and civil—recourse against reckless driving. Reckless drivers can face legal action in addition to criminal charges.

Victims of car accidents caused by reckless driving have the option to file suit against the perpetrator. In addition to allotting monetary compensation, civil action can also be an excellent deterrent for future reckless driving. It is important to pursue every possible avenue against reckless drivers to prevent other accidents and injuries.

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