Reckless Driving Causing “Serious Injury” - Vehicle Code § 23105

Reckless Driving Causing “Serious Injury”

What counts as a violation of Vehicle Code § 23105?

Vehicle Code § 23105 makes it a crime for a driver to cause serious bodily injury to another person as a result of his or her reckless driving. 

Vehicle Code § 23105 applies to all of the following injuries:

  • (1) A loss of consciousness.
  • (2) A concussion.
  • (3) A bone fracture.
  • (4) A protracted loss or impairment of function of a bodily member or organ.
  • (5) A wound requiring extensive suturing.
  • (6) A serious disfigurement.
  • (7) Brain injury.
  • (8) Paralysis.

What is the punishment for a violation of Vehicle Code § 23105?

A person convicted of reckless driving in violation of Vehicle Code § 23105 that proximately causes one or more of the injuries under Vehicle Code § 23105(b)to a person other than the driver, shall be punished by imprisonment pursuant to Penal Code 1170(h), or by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months, or by a fine of not less than two hundred twenty dollars ($220) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.

What defenses are available to Vehicle Code § 23105?

  1. You were not driving recklessly 
  2. You did not injure another person 
  3. The injury was not a “serious injury”