If You Merge Onto a Virginia Highway Without the Proper Caution, You May Find Yourself Charged with Reckless Driving

The Commonwealth of Virginia has more than its fair share of highways and interchanges, which are traversed by hundreds of thousands of motorists every day. This intricate system only runs smoothly when motorists pay attention to “yield” signs and merge onto highways in an orderly fashion, paying attention to the approaching traffic. Recklessly merging onto a Virginia highway can result not only in a serious accident but a citation for reckless driving, which can lighten your wallet by thousands of dollars.

Failure to Yield Is a Major Cause of Traffic Accidents

The reason the Commonwealth of Virginia takes a failure to yield so seriously is that highway pileups are much more dangerous than accidents on streets or turnpikes, since cars routinely travel at 60 or 70 miles per hour. Here are some circumstances in which you may find yourself charged with reckless driving as a result of a failure to yield:

  • A police officer observes you merging onto the highway at high speed, without looking first into your rear-view mirror. An accident is narrowly averted, but you're pulled over and issued a citation nonetheless.
  • Your failure to yield actually does result in an accident, and a recreation of the event (plus the testimony of other drivers) indicates that you behaved recklessly. In this case, you will be issued a reckless driving citation after the fact.
  • Rarely, your failure to yield may be captured by a video camera, and you will be sent a citation via the mail. (This is more likely to happen if the motorist you cut off calls in your license number to the authorities).

Only an Aggressive Lawyer Can Fight a Reckless Driving Charge

A reckless driving conviction in Virginia is not something to be taken lightly: it exposes you to thousands' of dollars worth of potential fines, six points added to your driving record, and the possible suspension of your license. If you have been charged with reckless driving as a result of the failure to yield the right of way, call the Virginia traffic attorneys at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC (888-783-9701) for a free consultation today. We will investigate the circumstances of the incident and present any exculpatory evidence to the judge and/or district attorney.