Dangerous Driving Law and Legal Definition

Dangerous driving refers to the driving of a motor vehicle in a manner which explicit exposure of public harm or injury.

Highly dangerous driving is an essential issue in determining killing committed while driving under Influence. [People v. Talamantes, 11 Cal. App. 4th 968 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 1992)]

In order to convict of dangerous driving it is sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused did not drive with the care that a prudent person would exercise in the circumstances confronting him/her having regard to the nature, condition, and use of the place where the accused was driving and the amount of traffic that was or might reasonably have been expected to be in such place. It must also be proved that the accused in failing to exercise such care in fact endangered the lives or safety of others whether or not harm resulted.