An El Paso man, Estevan Whipple, was charged on Monday July 4, 2016 with driving his Ford Mustang in excess of 100 miles per hour on US 54.
The man was seen weaving in and out of traffic. He was jailed and charged with reckless driving.
Charges for Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is a Class B misdemeanor in Texas. If convicted, the man could face up to one year in jail. The man also faces very severe fines ranging into the thousands of dollars.
Reckless driving is more than common negligence or a simple mistake. If a person causes a death as a result of reckless driving, that person could face negligent homicide charges. In a civil lawsuit for money damages, reckless driving could lead to an award of punitive or exemplary damages for the victim and his or her family. Punitive damages, which are damages meant to punish an individual for careless behavior, are recoverable in Texas when the person acts with gross negligence.
Reckless drivers pose a serious safety risk to our community and place all of our lives in danger. If you see anyone driving recklessly, please call 911 and report it to the police. You may save lives in the process and assist police in putting the offender behind bars.
If you have more questions about reckless driving or have been injured because of someone’s reckless driving, contact Harmonson Law Firm at (915) 584-8777 for a free consultation.