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Reckless driving in South Dakota

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2020 | Firm News

Even if the roads in South Dakota are well-maintained, safety issues can arise from driver performance. Unfortunately, the state has a high number of reckless driving incidents. Such behavior on the road is more than a mere nuisance; personal injury and property damage often accompany reckless driving accidents.

A recent study revealed that South Dakota ranks number three on the list of top states with reckless driving issues. That report might scare many residents who worry about their safety on the road.

Reckless driving refers to a specific class 1 misdemeanor traffic violation. Specifically, the violation involves complete disregard for rules and regulations. For example, an impatient driver who weaves in and out of lanes and then drives on the shoulder of the road at high speeds could potentially be cited for reckless driving. A driver arrested for a DUI could also face reckless driving charges.

Like other traffic violations, reckless driving comes with fines, possibly significant ones. A driver could face a license suspension or even jail time. Specifically, a person charged in South Dakota could face up to one year in jail and a maximum $2,000 fine.

Interestingly, South Dakota also has a charge of careless driving, a class 2 misdemeanor for incidents not as serious as reckless driving. Regardless, careless driving is still a criminal offense.

Anyone hurt by a reckless driver in a car accident may want to speak with a personal injury attorney. An attorney may seek compensation for their client’s medical bills and even property damage. The attorney may be able to negotiate with an auto insurance provider for a settlement. If the offered settlement is not adequate, the attorney might suggest suing beyond the policy limits.