Reckless driving is a crime in Wisconsin. According to state law, no person may endanger the safety of any person or property by the negligent operation of a vehicle. A person who violates this law may face jail time and a fine in criminal proceedings and be required to pay personal injury damages in civil proceedings.

Holding a reckless driver criminally and civilly accountable is the best the law can do after an accident occurs. However, preventing a reckless driving accident from happening would be better for everyone involved, including anyone hurt in the crash, the reckless driver, and the police.

Reckless Driving in Milwaukee

Reckless driving is a problem in Milwaukee, just like it is in many areas of the United States. Wisconsin law does not explicitly define the types of negligence that make a driver reckless. However, some common forms of reckless driving include:

  • Speeding. Driving significantly over the speed limit or too fast for road conditions may be forms of reckless driving.
  • Braking too quickly. Applying the brakes too quickly may mean that the driver was speeding, distracted, or following the vehicle in front too closely.
  • Aggressive driving. Weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, or otherwise driving aggressively may be reckless.

Milwaukee Task Force Seeks to Prevent Reckless Driving Accidents

In June 2020, the City-County Carjacking and Reckless Driving Task Force, established by the Common Council, released its final report. After considering research, successful programs in other communities, community input, and other factors, the task force and its subcommittees recommended, in part:

  • Conducting public information campaigns about the criminal consequences of reckless driving
  • Increasing the availability of Milwaukee Area Technical College driver safety courses
  • Increasing funding and driver safety programming in Milwaukee Public Schools driver education programs. This includes beginning driver safety education at a younger age, making driver education classes free or on a sliding fee scale so that they are available to people of all income levels, and extending driver education programs into suburban communities
  • Funding existing programs and beginning other nationally recognized programs to prevent reckless driving
  • Creating a video game to teach safe driving
  • Increasing the availability of public transportation
  • Conducting a study to look at the root cause(s) of reckless driving
  • Exploring technology
  • Maintaining community involvement in preventing reckless driving accidents
  • Implementing engineering solutions such as coordinating traffic signals, narrowing pavement and lanes, restriping roads to create bike lanes, and other strategies
  • Advocating for state legislative changes
  • Mandating driving safety classes when sentencing reckless drivers
  • Creating a 24-hour hotline to report reckless drivers
  • Holding parents available for teenage reckless drivers

Implementation and success will be assessed by a measurable decrease in reckless driving citations, collisions, and deaths.

Know Your Rights After a Milwaukee Reckless Driving Crash

Hupy and Abraham joins the City of Milwaukee in seeking to prevent reckless driving wrecks. In 2019, our firm helped fund Project “Take It E-Z” to help prevent reckless driving crashes.

We remain committed to helping prevent reckless driving accidents, but we also know that some reckless driving wrecks will happen despite our best efforts. In those cases, we will do everything we can to help reckless driving accident victims make fair recoveries.

Our experienced Milwaukee car accident lawyers will thoroughly investigate the crash, negotiate with the right insurance companies, and take your case to trial if a fair settlement can’t be reached. Our legal team will fight hard to get you compensation for your past and future:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost income
  • Physical pain
  • Emotional suffering
  • Other accident damages

We encourage you to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and to learn more about our Win or It’s Free Guarantee. We would be happy to meet with you in any way that is convenient for you, including by phone, by videoconference, in your home or hospital room, in our Milwaukee personal injury law office, or in any of our other Wisconsin offices, including Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, or Wausau.


Jason F. Abraham
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