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Tips to Avoid a Reckless Driving Charge

Reckless driving is a serious crime in Texas. It can have irreversible and devastating effects on the driver, as well as other drivers and bystanders. Over the years, it has been a cause of fatal numerous injuries and fatalities. In fact, statistics show that reckless driving leads to more than half of the car accidents across the U.S.

To be found guilty of reckless driving in Houston Texas, the driver must have acted with "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." The driver's behavior is the only issue, regardless of any traffic accident, drug impairment, etc.

Here are some areas of concern when discussing reckless driving:

1. Teenagers. Many teens are inexperienced drivers, as well as immature and adventurous. Many of our clients facing reckless driving charges have been teenagers. As a teenager, it is critical to have a good defense against the State, as the reckless driving charge could affect numerous aspects of your future.

2. Impaired Driving. Drugs and alcohol can impair a person's ability to drive properly. Although someone may not have lost their mental and physical faculties (which could lead to more serious charges of DWI), the drugs and alcohol can still impair a driver, leading to disregard for the safety of persons or property.

3. Sleep Deprivation. Lack of sleep causes fatigue and adversely affects the brain and cognitive function. One of the primary causes of reckless driving is sleep deprivation. This typically occurs on long trips where someone tries to drive further than they should without sleeping. If you haven't slept enough, pull over and take a nap.

4. Texting and Driving. The use of cell phones while driving has reached an alarming rate, especially texting while driving. Statistics shows that texting and driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Texting is a major distraction that can lead to a charge of reckless driving. To avoid being charged with reckless driving (or causing a major accident/injury), it's better to put the phone down and text later.

If you have been charged with reckless driving, or any other criminal offense, give us a call. The Westbrook Law Firm, PLLC focuses on all misdemeanors in Texas. To schedule a free consultation, please call (713) 936-2174. We have numerous office locations throughout Houston.