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Careless Driving and Negligent Driving

Careless Driving and Negligent Driving - Legal Rights of Personal Injury Victims

When a person is injured as a result of a Florida Automobile Accident, a case or claim can be pursued for damages and compensation if the crash was caused by the fault, negligence, or carelessness of another driver. There actually is a Florida Statute directly on point as to automobile accident accidents. Section 316.1925, Florida Statutes, Careless Driving, provides as follows:

(1) 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.

It is important for drivers in the State of Florida to obey traffic rules and regulations including but not limited to those related to speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs, school zones, residential areas, and highway driving. A major problem in Florida involves distracted driving involving mobile phone and cell phone usage, browsing, e-mailing, and texting. There are a myriad of situations that can lead to an automobile accident during any given car trip whether it is just a short trip to the grocery store or a longer trip across Interstate 95, Interstate 10, or other road, highway, or street.

It should be noted that each automobile accident should be evaluated on its own particular details, facts, and merits. A civil case or claim can be pursued on behalf of the personal injury victim if it can be established that another driver was at fault or somehow responsible for the crash. Careless or negligent driving can include any of the following:

  • Driver runs a stop sign.
  • Driver makes an errant or dangerous left hand turn into the right of way of another vehicle.
  • Driver exceeds the speed limit and crashes into another vehicle.
  • Driver ignores road and weather conditions and loses control of his or her vehicle.
  • Driver rear ends another vehicle which is stopped or slowed down for traffic.
  • Driver attempts an illegal or improper U-Turn.
  • Driver hydro planes on a wet or slick road and crashes into another vehicle.
  • Driver fails to stop at a posted stop sign.
  • Driver failed to yield the right of way at a posted yield sign.
  • Driver fails to yield the right of way to a pedestrian or bicyclist.
  • Driver is impaired by drugs / alcohol and hits another vehicle, pedestrian, or bicyclist.

The above list is not exhaustive of all the reasons that a Florida Automobile Accident takes place in which a legal case or claim can be brought on behalf of an injury victim. Again, like each client, each case or claim is unique and needs to be evaluated based on its own facts, merits, and circumstances. When there is a crash that is caused by the fault, negligence, or carelessness of another drive, the injury victim should seek compensation for his or her injuries to the fullest extent under Florida Law.

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