It should go without saying that you shouldn’t drive while blindfolded. Unfortunately, when new viral “challenges” catch on, people tend to keep upping the ante until things get out of hand. That’s why a teen driver ended up in an accident recently after trying to do the “Bird Box challenge.” San Diego Reckless driving attorney Peter M. Liss says these stunts will likely result in reckless driving charges or worse.
The Bird Box Challenge
The challenge is based on the Netflix movie Bird Box, where the main characters must wear blindfolds in order to avoid seeing an evil force that has taken the lives of much of the population. After watching the film, people have taken to filming themselves performing normal, every day tasks while wearing a blindfold. Many of the videos are innocent and silly -like someone putting on lipstick or trying to make a sandwich while blindfolded, but many people have tried to make more extreme videos, culminating in one teen trying to drive a car while blindfolded.
The outcome was unfortunately predictable and the teen crashed into another car. Fortunately for all involved, no one was injured. While charges have not yet been filed, police and San Diego criminal driving lawyers agree she will likely face reckless driving charges.
Unlike most other driving offenses, reckless driving is actually a misdemeanor and not an infraction. This means you could end up in jail for up to 90 days if you are convicted. If you have any past driving-related charges on your record, the sentence could be even longer. If someone was injured as a result of the reckless driving, then you could even face felony charges, which could leave you in prison for up to three years.
Reckless driving charges are sometimes difficult to prove because the prosecution must be able to show you were driving with a “wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Similarly, these charges can sometimes be fought if you argue that you were acting out of medical necessity. But if you were filming a video of yourself driving while blindfolded, even the best San Diego driving crimes lawyer will have a hard time trying to prove your innocence. In fact, your best course of action will likely to be to negotiate a plea bargain because you will likely face other charges as well.
Related Criminal Charges
If you left the scene after an accident without exchanging information, you could be charged with participating in a hit and run. If no one was injured in a hit and run accident, the sentence can be up to six months in jail. If someone was injured though, the charge is a felony and the sentence can be up to four years in prison.
If someone lost their life as a result of reckless driving, you could face vehicular manslaughter or second-degree murder charges. These crimes are both felonies with vehicular manslaughter carrying sentences of up to six years in prison and second-degree murder resulting in penalties of 15 years to life in prison.
As you can tell, these charges are very serious and should not be handled without the expertise of a top San Diego reckless driving lawyer. If you have been accused of reckless driving, please schedule a free initial consultation by calling (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
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