Most people have heard the term “careless driving” and most likely know that you can seek compensation from another driver if they cause you severe injury. Do you know what “careless driving” means? Are you familiar with Florida’s careless driving statutes? Most likely not. Many Floridians don’t understand the meaning of careless driving.
You need to be able to define what careless driving is and how it can affect you. In Florida, the careless driving statute is crucial for personal injury law. This will allow you to recognize when another driver’s negligence causes an accident. You may lose your right to compensation if you don’t know the law about careless driving.
Florida’s Careless Driving Statute
Florida Statute 316.1925 codifies careless driving. Florida Statute 316.1925 requires all Florida drivers to drive in a safe and prudent manner. They must also take into consideration all surrounding circumstances such as traffic and curves. Careless driving is defined as driving in a way that is not allowed by Florida Statute 316.1925.
Florida law generally requires drivers to follow traffic rules and other regulations.
- Traffic lights
- Speed limits
- School zones
- Stop Signs
- Highway driving
Negligent driving can also be called careless driving.
- Stop sign driver
- Drivers who exceed the speed limit
- Driver making dangerous left turns
- Unsafe or illegal U-turn by a driver
- Drivers improperly changing lanes
- Tailgating is when a driver follows another vehicle too closely.
This is just a small list of careless driving behaviors. If you feel the driver who caused your accident was careless, contact an attorney to have them evaluate your case. An attorney can help determine if the driver that hit you was negligent at the time of the accident.
Florida Statute 316.1923, aggressive driving refers to a driver who commits multiple of the following acts simultaneously or in succession.
- Exceeding the posted speed limit
- Incorrectly changing lanes
- Traffic control and signal violations
- Refusing to yield the right-of-way
- Incorrectly passing
A driver who drives aggressively and carelessly can be seen going over the speed limit and inappropriately passing another vehicle.
This post was written by Kelly-Ann Jenkins of Jenkins Law P.L. Kelly-Ann is a car accident attorney in St Petersburg. She focuses on personal injury, car accidents, and bicyclist injury. The information on this site is not intended to and does not offer legal advice, legal recommendations or legal representation on any matter. Hiring an attorney is an important decision, which should not be based on advertising. You need to consult an attorney for legal advice regarding your individual situation.
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