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What issues arise from reckless driving?

When you get your driver's license, you are agreeing to drive in a safe manner. The way you drive can impact you, as well as other people who are on the roadway. One of the main issues that drivers face is the possibility of becoming angered while they drive. Road rage incidents are becoming more commonplace these days.

When does road rage become a crime?

Road rage becomes a crime when you decide to act upon that rage in a manner that runs afoul of the law. You can get upset and angry when you drive as long as you control your reaction. If you opt to drive in a reckless manner or harm someone, you will likely face criminal charges for those actions. You can't drive in a manner that would endanger others, which is also a criminal act.

What are other forms of reckless driving?

Other forms of reckless driving include distracted driving, aggressive driving and leaving an accident. Distracted driving, which can include texting or using a cellphone while driving, is illegal. New technology is being used in some areas that will allow police officers to analyze your activities on your phone just prior to a crash.

While driving offenses might seem minor, they can actually be very serious crimes. In some cases, you might face serious charges if your actions behind the wheel caused an accident that led to a death, an injury or property damage. You might also face a civil lawsuit. If you are facing driving offenses, make sure that you learn exactly how a conviction might affect you so that you can plan your defense accordingly.

Source: FindLaw, "Top 5 Reckless Driving Issues," Ephrat Livni, Esq., accessed May 27, 2016

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