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What is reckless driving in Delaware?

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2021 | Auto Accidents |

Drivers cannot avoid some auto accidents. Other collisions, however, occur because of dangerous driver behavior.

If you or a loved one suffered a serious car accident injury, review the actions considered reckless driving in Delaware if you think another motorist caused the crash.

Reckless driving

Any action behind the wheel that purposely disregards the safety of others falls into the category of reckless driving in Delaware. Some reckless driving charges involve drugs or alcohol, a charge commonly called a “wet reckless.”

Other examples of reckless driving include ignoring traffic lights or stop signs, driving on sidewalks or other prohibited areas, and swerving into other lanes of traffic. This offense could also include aggressive driving, such as unsafe passing, tailgating or weaving between lanes.

Careless driving

Delaware distinguishes between reckless and careless driving. Reckless driving involves intentionally dangerous conduct whereas careless driving describes instances where the motorist drives inattentively or carelessly. Distracted driving or failing to use lights in inclement weather may fall into the careless driving category.

While careless driving may not always result in a traffic ticket, you can seek civil penalties for injuries caused by careless or reckless driving. You only have two years after the date of an accident to file this type of lawsuit in Delaware. However, the state requires you to first go through mediation, a form of alternative dispute resolution. If you cannot agree on a fair settlement at your ADR session, your case can proceed to court. You can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs associated with your injuries.