Reckless Law and Legal Definition

Reckless is a term often used in in both negligence and criminal cases, meaning a gross lack of carefulness, with complete disregard of the adverse consequences. It is commonly used in connection with a charge of a driving violation. It can also refer to use of firearms, explosives or heavy equipment.

Laws vary by state, but common reasons for a citation for reckless driving may include driving with improperly adjusted brakes, passing on a hill or around a corner, driving with an obstructed view, passing two vehicles abreast, driving two vehicles abreast in a single lane, passing at a railroad crossing, passing a stopped school bus, failing to give proper signals, driving too fast for traffic conditions, exceeding the speed limit, failure to yield right of way, or driving "recklessly" on parking lots.