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5 More Ways a Driver Can Face Reckless Driving Charges in Virginia


Recently, Simms Showers explored several different types of reckless driving under Virginia law in its article entitled 4 Ways a Driver Can Face Reckless Driving Charges in Virginia. Taken in conjunction with this piece, readers can gain a detailed understanding of the many types of reckless driving in Virginia.

Returning to the topic at hand, all drivers in Virginia should take all precautions to avoid facing the five types of reckless driving charges detailed herein.

  1. Driving Without Proper Control

Code of Virginia Section 46.2-853 requires drivers to operate their vehicles with proper control. Otherwise, the driver may pose a danger to other motorists. If the vehicle in question has inadequate or improperly maintained brakes, it qualifies as driving without proper control under Section 46.2-853.

  1. Passing Other Vehicles on Graded or Curved Roads

Code of Virginia Section 46.2-854 generally prohibits drivers from passing other vehicles on graded or curved roadways. In these cases, it is difficult to see approaching traffic, thereby increasing the likelihood of an accident. That being said, there are several exceptions to Section 46.2-854, including highways with two lanes of traffic in each direction and other specially marked roadways.

  1. Driving with Obstructed View or Impaired Control

Code of Virginia Section 46.2-855 restricts drivers from operating their vehicles with an obstructed view or impaired control. Under this section, drivers must be able to see the front and sides of the vehicle. Additionally, drivers must have full control of the driving mechanisms of their vehicle. If the vehicle is overloaded, thereby blocking the driver’s view or interfering with the driver’s control, then it likely qualifies as reckless driving.

  1. Passing Two Vehicles at the Same Time

Code of Virginia Section 46.2-856 generally prevents drivers from passing two other vehicles at the same time. This section applies to vehicles traveling in the same direction, rather than referring to approaching traffic. But there are two major exceptions to Section 46.2-856. A driver may pass two other vehicles at the same time if they are traveling on a specially designated roadway, such as a highway with three or more lanes for each direction of traffic.

Furthermore, Section 46.2-856 does not normally concern smaller vehicles, including but not limited to:

  • Bicycles;
  • Electric and powered bicycles;
  • Electric and powered mobility device; and
  • Mopeds.
  1. Driving Without Proper Use of Signals

Code of Virginia Section 46.2-860 requires drivers to use their turning and braking signals in an adequate and timely fashion. Specifically, Section 46.2-860 commands drivers to use their signals properly whenever:

  • Turning;
  • Partially turning;
  • Slowing down; or
  • Stopping.

Let Us Help You Today

If you are facing criminal charges for reckless driving in Virginia, it is especially helpful to contact a criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Simms Showers LLP, servicing Leesburg, Winchester, Fairfax, and Manassas, have a wealth of combined legal experience in criminal defense, including many different types of reckless driving. If you need criminal defense, contact us today for a free initial consultation.




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