Reckless Driving vs. Careless Driving
Auto accidents are certainly difficult to deal with. But, what if the accident could have been prevented? What if the cause of the accident was due to the driver’s neglect for the rules of the road? That’s where reckless driving vs. careless driving comes in. You’ve probably heard both terms used when car accidents are discussed. What’s different about them? Read on to find out more about these two terms and how both reckless driving and careless driving can result in car accidents.
Careless driving is more of a broad term used in auto accidents. Careless driving describes behaviors behind the wheel that can jeopardize the safety of others on the road. This includes other drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. While the exact definition of careless driving varies by state, in Florida it means the following (taken from Florida Statute §316.1925):
Any person operating a vehicle upon the streets or highways within the state shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. Failure to drive in such manner shall constitute careless driving and a violation of this section.
Careless driving is, in fact, a traffic violation that comes with hefty fines and points added to your license. So, how can you prevent careless driving? It’s really simple; driving should be your only task when behind the wheel. Putting all other distractions behind you and staying alert in the driver’s seat can help to reduce the incidence of careless driving. Also, remember to follow the rules of the road, like stopping at red lights and stop signs and obeying the speed limit.
Now that you know about careless driving, let’s look more at reckless driving vs. careless driving.
Reckless driving is a more serious offense that careless driving. If you’ve been charged with reckless driving, you are intentionally disregarding the laws of the road and intentionally putting other’s safety at risk. Reckless driving can result in license suspension, heavy fines, and even jail time in some cases. Falling asleep at the wheel, racing, or seriously injuring someone while driving can be categorized as reckless driving.
Know the Difference
When discussing a personal injury case with an attorney, it’s important for them to know as much information about the accident as possible. Giving them clues about how the accident occurred can shed more light on whether or not reckless driving or careless driving is to blame.
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