Driver Criminal Behavior

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently conducted an investigation that suggests 33 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for alcohol or other substance abuse. Substance abuse, however, is not the only type of criminal behavior that can be displayed by drivers on Texas roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also warned that aggressive drivers are susceptible to road rage, which is a criminal offense. This article will describe various types of criminal behavior displayed by drivers in addition to various tips on how motorists in Texas can avoid drivers engaging in criminal behavior.

What Are Examples of Driver Criminal Behavior?

Driver criminal behavior in Texas can be divided into misdemeanors and felonies. In Texas, there are numerous examples of driver criminal behavior, including:

  • Aggravated Assault with Motor Vehicle. This felon occurs if a person commits an assault and causes serious bodily injury or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault. A car is considered a deadly weapon.
  • Assault with Motor Vehicle. This offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. This offense occurs if a person causes harm to another.
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide with a Motor Vehicle. This felony occurs when individual causes the death of another through criminal negligence.
  • Cut Across Driveway to Make a Turn. This misdemeanor occurs when a person crosses a driveway from one highway to reach another highway.
  • Disregard No Passing Zone. This misdemeanor occurs when a driver fails to obey the directions of a no passing zone.
  • Failed to Control. This misdemeanor occurs when a driver fails to properly control the speed or handling of a vehicle.
  • Failed to Give Way When Overtaken. This misdemeanor occurs when a vehicle fails to remain to the right of a passing vehicle.
  • Failed to Yield at Stop Intersection. This misdemeanor occurs when a driver fails to properly yield at an intersection.
  • Following Too Closely. This misdemeanor occurs when drivers fail to maintain a proper distance between other vehicles.
  • Illegal Pass On the Right. This misdemeanor occurs when a driver passes right at a time that the driver does not have the right to make this maneuver.
  • Increased Speed While Being Overtaken. This misdemeanor occurs when a driver accelerates as being passed by a vehicle.
  • Reckless Driving. This misdemeanor occurs if a person drives a vehicle with regard for the safety of property or others.

In addition to these misdemeanors and felonies, other offenses including the use of illegal log books and driving without proper certification. Information about the role of drug and alcohol abuse in driver criminal behavior is available elsewhere on this site.

What Penalties Are Faced by Texas Drivers Who Display Criminal Behavior?

Drivers face several potential penalties if found guilty of driving in such a way that reflects criminal behavior, including:

  • Fines of up to $200 for each moving violation.
  • Potential jail time.
  • Increases in insurance rates.

How Can I Deal with Drivers Engaging in Criminal Behavior?

There are certain pieces to advice to remember should you find yourself driving on a Texas road in the vicinity of a driver who displays criminal behavior:

  • If you find yourself near a driver who displaying criminal behavior, do not respond or acknowledge the driver in any way. Avoid any type of physical acknowledgment of the driver like eye contact, gestures, or honking your horn.
  • Contact 911 to report the driver if you fear for your safety. If at all possible pull over prior to contact the authorities.

If you or a loved one has been injured by an accident due to criminal behavior of a driver, contact our law firm. Call 409-838-1000 or email our lawyers to schedule your free initial consultation.