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A reckless driver could be liable for the injuries they cause

All Berks County drivers have a legal duty to keep a proper lookout while driving and to take other reasonable steps to drive safely. When a driver breaches this duty, and another party suffers injury, the driver may be liable to the injured party. The driver may have to provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial losses.

When a driver while violating a traffic law injures another party, the violation may be evidence of a breach of duty when the injury suffered by the victim is the kind of injury that the law violated was intended to prevent. Speeding and running stop signs are examples of offenses that might give rise to this kind of liability. Another offense that could do this is reckless driving. What does reckless driving mean in the Keystone State?

According to Pennsylvania law, any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. This seems to suggest that it is not necessary to injure a person or damage property in order to be guilty of reckless driving. It also suggests that there is a wide variety of behavior that could qualify as reckless driving, such as extreme speeding, purposely driving on the wrong side of the road, racing on a public street or highway, and more.

A person convicted of reckless driving is to be fined $200. More important for our purposes, a person who injures another party while driving recklessly could face liability in civil court.

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