Reckless Driving In Wisconsin: Here’s What You Need To Know

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Reckless driving severely and fatally injures far too many people in Wisconsin each year. When drivers aren’t careful, don’t obey the laws, and only think about themselves, devastating results occur.

Reckless driving encompasses a variety of behind the wheel behaviors, including:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Racing, joyriding, or performing tricks
  • Running red lights
  • Blocking the customary flow of traffic
  • Driving outside of lanes of traffic
  • Displaying aggressive driving or road rage behaviors

Wisconsin takes reckless driving seriously, as evidence by the penalties drivers can face. The potential consequences for reckless driving in Wisconsin are:

  • A $25 to $200 fine for the first offense
  • $50 to $500 in fines and up to a year in prison for a repeated violation within a four-year period
  • $300 to $2,000 in fines and up to 30 days in jail for reckless driving resulting in a minor injury
  • Up to 3.5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines for reckless driving resulting in severe bodily injury

A reckless driving conviction will also add six points to a driver’s record. The driver will have their driver’s license suspended if 12 or more points are accumulated in a year or less.

Schedule a Case Review with a Qualified Wisconsin Car Accident Attorney Today

If a reckless driver injured you or someone you love, contact a qualified lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a case review with a Wisconsin car accident attorney, call Groth Law Firm today at 414-768-2727.

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Car Accident FAQ

What should I do if I encounter a reckless driver?

Call the police to report their behavior. Try to stay as far away from them as possible and avoid doing anything to aggravate them intentionally.

If a reckless driver hits me, how much compensation can I receive?

You are entitled to receive compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. How much you can receive depends on the extent of your injuries and damages. A Wisconsin car accident attorney can provide you with an estimate of what your case might be worth.

Can a reckless driver face criminal and civil penalties?

Yes, reckless drivers can and should be held accountable in both criminal and legal courts for their negligent and wanton actions.


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